Water main cover that struck driver in Decatur made out of cast iron

The cover also weighed more than 10 pounds

Posted: May 5, 2018 5:46 PM
Updated: May 5, 2018 7:30 PM

Waay 31 is now learning more about the installation of the water main cover that hit and killed a woman in Decatur.

Karen Jenkins died last week ago after a car drove over the cover, it flew in the air and eventually struck her while driving on Wilson Street.

Decatur Utilities told WAAY 31, to their knowledge,this kind of accident has never happened. The cover was made out of cast iron and weighed more than 10 pounds.

Waay 31 submitted a public records request to Decatur Utilities because we wanted to learn more about the installation of the cover. Decatur utilities said the cover was manufactured by a company called "Tyler."

But the installation pre-dates their records. Officials said that all of the water main covers in the city are installed and made of the same material. Most of the water valve boxes are not installed in the middle of the road. But if roads are expanded with more lanes, more water main covers will sit inside the lip of the cylinder flush with the pavement. The cylinder shaped valve box is supported in place by the surrounding pavement.

The open box was filled with gravel and patched with asphalt by Decatur Utilities crews.

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