Bent wrought iron gate latch

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Old 02-11-19, 02:26 PM
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Bent wrought iron gate latch

Like an idiot I backed into the driveway gate this morning, bending the latch. The gate of course won't close now. Attached a few photos of the damage.

1) How on earth did it bend like that? I was backing out onto a very busy street and couldn't have been going more than 5 mph. My car has a dent but nothing bad.
2) Would getting, say, a mallet and smacking it back into place work? Or would that do more damage and I should just pay to get it welded back?
3) Could I just remove that latch altogether? It's a sliding gate with a wheel track.

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Old 02-11-19, 03:18 PM
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Rust was a contributing factor. It needs to be heated up with a torch, hammered back into place and then welded.
 
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Old 02-13-19, 03:02 PM
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Assumed as much. I'll look around for some quotes. Appreciate the feedback and welcome!
 
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