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Truck driver ‘not familiar with the area’ crashes through two buildings


Indiana police are investigating after a semi truck drove through two buildings, causing “significant property damage.”

The incident happened just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, in Butlerville, Indiana, when a semi truck left the roadway and drove through two unoccupied buildings along  U.S. Highway 50 that used to house the Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department, WKLY reports.

In spite of the amount of damage that was caused by the crash, only minor injuries were reported.

Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Don Biehle told WKLY “That is a real hazard with that location. The road is straight for probably 4 miles, and there’s a curve about an eighth of a mile down the road, and if you continue straight, it’s a straight shot toward the fire house.”

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office. Drugs and alcohol aren’t thought to be a factor but police are considering whether speed could have played a part in the crash.

Deputy Thomas Mellencamp said that the truck driver spoke with police about the cause of the crash: “He was not familiar with the area, and when he was traveling through, he just lost sight of where the pavement was and continued straight into the curve.”

It isn’t clear at this time whether charges will be filed.


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