The decorative “Planet Walk” archway between McCarthy Hall and Dan Black Hall was accidentally torn down Tuesday, causing damage to the walls standing between the buildings.
A delivery truck attempted to drive under the archway at about 11 a.m., and the vehicle ended up unknowingly hitting the arch and ripping it from where it was secured into two walls tearing down chunks of the wall with it. The truck belonged to Rayne Water, an outside vendor, and it was delivering water tanks to Dan Black Hall.
“(The) truck was too high,” said University Police Lt. Scot Willey. “(The driver) thought he could squeeze it, and it basically just grabbed the archway and he went forward about 40 feet and realized that he took the archway with him.”
Although a large hole is now visible in parts of the wall where the arch was once attached, no structural integrity issues are expected. The walls are not part of the classroom buildings.
Willey said the university will probably charge the company for the damage caused.