Corn-hauling semi tips west of Crystal

From Local Sources

CRYSTAL — Police say an Orange County man escaped injury Thursday when the corn-hauling semi he was driving tipped over west of Crystal.

Larry E. Thomas, 51, of Orange County, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 1989 Peterbilt tractor-trailer when the 11:26 a.m. accident occurred just east of Dubois Road Northeast, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department said the semi turned over as it exited a curve. The semi and trailer slid off the south side of the highway, knocked down a utility pole and stopped on its side.

Thomas was able to climb out of the truck uninjured, according to the sheriff’s department.

A witness who was traveling behind the Peterbilt told deputies Thomas was not speeding. It is believed the load of corn Thomas was hauling shifted, leading to the accident.

The crash totaled the semi and the trailer and partially closed the highway for about three hours.

The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Stork Service Center and Ruxer Ford assisted.

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