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Truck Crash in Nation’s Oldest City Damages National Park Site

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

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In the early morning hours of Monday, May 14th, rangers at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument were notified that a vehicle had crashed into the defensive works surrounding the fort. The vehicle left the roadway at approximately 2:40 am and traveled more than 500 feet through the park before hitting the historic structure. Along its path, the  pickup truck snapped a  30-foot palm tree, smashed through a fence, crossed a parking lot where it narrowly missed at least one parked car and two pedestrians before driving up a hill where it launched off a five-foot drop before finally striking a retaining wall believed to be at least 250 years old. It is suspected that alcohol played a role in the crash.  Repair costs are estimated to exceed $15,000. Rangers Jill Jaworski and Matt Elliott are conducting the NPS investigation.                    



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