By Nancy Covert
Steilacoom Historical Museum Association (SHMA) officers surveyed the damage sustained to the museum’s Rainier Street entry way, from a motorist who crashed through the Museum entrance around 5 pm Friday, November 5. A Lakewood patrol car in the vicinity also was struck during the accident.
According to SHMA president Randi Slatten the driver of the vehicle who swerved onto the Museum’s patio, taking down the archway, posts and fencing, was uninjured. Museum members had been working inside the museum, preparing for the upcoming Christmas at the Orr Home, which takes place on Nov. 13-14 and 20-21.
Steilacoom public safety officers responded to the accident. At this point no further details were available while SHMA awaited a quote from their insurance carrier. SHMA members showed up to spread a tarp over the patio to prevent rain from leaking through, since the patio cover is part of the roof for the classroom below. Slatten said that both the scheduled Antique Road Show, set for Nov. 13, and the Antique Clock Show at Nov. 20 will still be held.
Motorists are reminded that there are four-way stop signs posted at that intersection. Speed limit through town is 25 mph, although many motorists tend to travel through town at 35 mph or higher.
Check the Museum’s readerboard for details.