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Semi overcorrects, flips on side

Friday, August 15, 2008

A semi truck flipped on State Road 59 east of Bogle Corner in southern Clay County Friday morning. The driver sustained minor injuries but was transported to Greene County General Hospital for further observation. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
HOWESVILLE -- Overcorrecting caused a semi-truck to flip onto its side Friday morning south of Clay City.

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, along with the Lewis Township Fire Department and Transcare, responded to an area on State Road 59 just east of Bogles Corner shortly after 8 a.m. for a semi-truck that had flipped on its side.

Upon arrival, officials learned the driver, identified as Jeffrey Best, 48, Danville, Ind., had taken his eyes off the road to check the rearview mirror when he drifted off the side of the road.

"He took his eyes off the road for a second," CCSD Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

Heaton said the front tires of the semi went off the side of the road into an embankment on the south side of SR 59. Heaton estimated the drop from the road to be approximately 5-feet.

Officials said the driver sustained minor injuries to his head and was transported to Greene County General Hospital. Best was hauling produce, but had little in the truck.

The semi came to a rest in the yard of James and Karen Dyer, Jasonville.

"I knew exactly what it was," James said. "Just that scraping noise coming down the road. I was sitting here drinking coffee. As soon as I heard it, I knew what it was."

The Dyers are somewhat familiar with that scraping sound. Just two months ago, an intoxicated driver flipped their vehicle near the property.

Officials had to divert traffic to 1400 S, "snaking around the traffic scene," Heaton said.

Officials estimated it would take three hours to get the truck upright and hauled away.

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