Historic Old Fort asking for donations after Thanksgiving crash

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Historic Fort Wayne is asking for donations to help fund its repairs after being heavily damaged by a car Thanksgiving morning.

After noticing a car lodged into the Fort’s northeast corner on Thursday, a neighbor called FWPD. On the scene, police found the damaged car but the driver was gone.

The crash caused structural damage to several of the Fort’s large timbers that provide foundation to the outer walls. The baker’s oven in the northeast corner also sustained significant damage, including numerous cracks in the mortar on three sides of the oven.

“This is the fourth time the fort has been hit by a vehicle,” said Tom Grant, the Fort’s treasurer. “This is absolutely the worst situation we’ve had. Being that when the vehicle came over the dike and hit the corner of the coliseum wall, it pretty much destroyed the whole corner and weakened both of the walls that go between the corner and the two adjacent buildings.”

The cost of the repairs has not been determined yet, however a spokesperson for the Historic Fort Wayne said its expected to be “quite expensive.”

You can help Historic Fort Wayne with repairs by making a donation on their website.

An investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

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