Road grader involved in mishap

From Local Sources

BIRDSEYE — Minor damage was reported when a county-owned road grader was involved in a mishap Wednesday afternoon just east of Birdseye.

Ed Merkley, Jasper, was grading along County Road 425S on a 2004 John Deere road grader when the 1:45 p.m. accident occurred 750 feet west of County Road 1175E, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy said Merkley put the machine in reverse without seeing a vehicle that was behind him. As a result, the tongue on the grader scraped the hood of a 1995 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Carl Wright of Eckerty.

Damage to the car was estimated at less than $1,000, while there was no damage to the grader.




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