GPS reroutes semi into trouble

From Local Sources

JASPER — A trucker who said he was following his GPS unit entered onto a private drive west of Jasper Saturday night, where his rig caused damage.

Khalif Coates, 37, Irvington, New Jersey, had been westbound on State Road 56 in a 2018 Kenworth tractor-trailer when the 10:20 p.m. mishap occurred as he took a private drive to get to County Road 180N, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office. County Road 180N angles off the highway near the location.

Coates, who was having trouble locating a business location, said his GPS rerouted him onto a private drive in the 3900 block of State Road 56. When Coates attempted to turn west onto County Road 180N, his rig damaged a landowner’s landscaping, a Frontier Communications telephone box and the side of the county road.

Damage was estimated between $1,000 and $2,500.

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