(KMOV.com) – Authorities said it may take several months to replace a tornado siren in O’Fallon, Mo that was knocked out of commission after it was hit by a car.
Police said a 29-year-old man who was driving south on Knaust Road Monday when he suffered a medical emergency, drove off the road, and slammed into a utility pole, and the pole holding up the siren at the intersection of Knaust Road and Avondale.
“The pole that had the siren caused the siren to fall and shatter, it destroyed it,” said Officer Diana Damke with O’Fallon police.
A spokesman for St. Charles County said all 136 tornado sirens within the county are designed to cover a one mile radius. A spokesman also said sirens overlap in some parts of the county, and that other nearby sirens should cover the subdivisions that are close to the siren that was crashed into.
Police and county officials are still encouraging those who live nearby to use a NOAA weather radio and download smartphone weather app.
Officials believe the cost to replace the siren will be around $35,000-$45,000.