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Car accident causes $30,000 in damage to Monroe gas station

December 19, 2018

All was quiet at Ziegler LP Gas and Oil in Monroe on Tuesday morning in Monroe.

The gas pumps that would normally be busy were blocked off by orange traffic cones. Black trash bag were duct taped around them. It was the result of a car accident that put the facility out of commission for the time being.

At 2:45 p.m. on Monday, the Platte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident at Ziegler, sits along Highway 22. According to the Sheriff’s Office, one of the vehicles involved in the crash was a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 95-year-old Leroy Sprunk of Columbus. The other was a 2004 Honda Civic driven by 74-year-old John Halverson of Genoa.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Sprunk attempted to turn south into Ziegler from the highway in front of Halverson who was traveling eastbound on the same road. The two vehicles collided, causing severe front end damage to Halverson’s Honda. Spunk’s Silverado was unable to stop and continued on through the parking lot of Ziegler, hitting two gas pumps after traveling through protective poles. It eventually stopped on the west side of Webster Street (370th Avenue).

The Monroe Fire and Rescue and Columbus Rescue responded to the scene. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the gas pumps were assessed for damage and determined to be safe. Halverson was transported by rescue to the Columbus Community Hospital for minor injuries, while Sprunk was not.

Located at 349 Columbus Ave., the business is one of two places to buy fuel in Monroe. The gas station has been open for more than 50 years, according to the The Columbus Telegram archives. In 1998 it was purchased by Jim Mozer and Deb Mozer.

The Sheriff’s Office estimated the damage to the pumps to be about $30,000. No gasoline from the pumps was spilled or leaked as a result of the accident. The Sheriff’s Office determined alcohol was not a factor in the incident and both drivers were wearing seat belts. Both vehicles involved in the accident were totaled, with damages estimated to range between $15,000-$20,000. Sprunk was issued a citation by from the Sheriff’s Office for failure to yield the right of way.

This accident is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. The Columbus Telegram reached out to both Jim Mozer and Deb Mozer, but they declined to comment.

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