Two vehicles damaged by semi in downtown accident

Monday, August 10, 2015

Two passenger vehicles were damaged shortly before 11 a.m. Monday when a semi cut the turn short at Jackson and Washington streets in Greencastle.

A 2006 Kenworth semi tractor driven by Robert C. Olinger, 56, Birmingham, Iowa, was pulling a loaded flatbed trailer rounding the corner from southbound Jackson Street onto eastbound Washington Street.

Roxane M. Pannell, 72, Coatesville, was stopped in the left turn lane of westbound Washington Street in a 2005 Toyota Corolla.

The semi appeared to have cut the turn too short, with the left front wheel of its trailer clipping the front end of the passenger car.

The impact pushed Pannell's vehicle back into a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Michael R. Libka, 63, Greencastle.

The left front of the Toyota was heavily damaged, and it was towed from the scene by Jerry's Wrecker Service. The front bumper of the pickup was bent, but the vehicle was drivable from the scene.

The semi, owned by Curry's Transportation Services of Muscatine, Iowa, sustained minimal damage in the collision

No one was injured.

The accident was investigated by Officer Ed Wilson of the Greencastle Police Department, with assistance from GPD Capt. Chris Jones and Assistant Chief Brian Hopkins, as well as Capt. Steve Fenwick of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

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  • And why are semi trucks allowed to drive downtown? Truck route is S. Jackson to Southern Hwy. Signs need to be posted.

    -- Posted by bcqmom on Mon, Aug 10, 2015, at 4:13 PM
  • 'Agree with the above remarks. I'm surprised that there aren't more accidents. Thank God that no one was hurt this time.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Mon, Aug 10, 2015, at 7:51 PM

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Mon, Aug 10, 2015, at 8:54 PM
  • It isn't up to the city - it is an INDOT issue since it is US Hwy 231. Call Crawfordsville INDOT district so they can put a bypass around Greencastle and then you can complain that they killed our downtown.

    -- Posted by VolunteerFF on Mon, Aug 10, 2015, at 9:15 PM
  • Not a bypass Volunteer FF - I believe they are simply referring to semis using Veteran's Highway. Even if they are headed to the east side of town, they can use Veteran's Highway. I'm sure DPU wouldn't like this, though.

    -- Posted by banana49 on Mon, Aug 10, 2015, at 9:49 PM
  • I thought that was the point of building Veterans highway was to divert big trucks away from the turn on to Washington St. from Jackson St. and the turn off of Washington St. on to Bloomington St. where for as long as I can remember there have been many accidents

    -- Posted by sierrabloom on Mon, Aug 10, 2015, at 10:28 PM
  • Incredibly tight passage on Washington by Starbucks, Wilson's, etc.....

    -- Posted by foxtrotter on Tue, Aug 11, 2015, at 8:18 AM
  • Just let one of the city council, mayor, county council or other public official be involved in an accident at this dangerous corner and then maybe something will get done.

    -- Posted by Lookout on Tue, Aug 11, 2015, at 9:36 AM
  • I was referring to a study INDOT had done several years ago by the Corrodini Group regarding routing and need for a bypass around town. They had several proposed routes, all of which were far from downtown.

    As far as trucks using south Jackson, it is not the official route because the pavement on the city street is not designed to be a truck route. Not only that, there is a lot of pedestrian traffic across Jackson at DPU and too many of them step out without looking because there is a sign saying vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. How soon before one gets hit by a truck? Two trucks meeting on that curve south of Hanna is real tight, too. I have done it, there isn't much room at all!

    -- Posted by VolunteerFF on Wed, Aug 12, 2015, at 7:28 AM
  • You think it would kill downtown. Haha

    -- Posted by canttakeitanymore on Thu, Aug 13, 2015, at 7:46 AM
  • Sorry you didn't know downtown was killed years ago by Wal-Mart!

    -- Posted by Hazel on Fri, Aug 14, 2015, at 11:55 AM
  • Jackson is actually truck restricted. It is not a truck route. As many drivers as pass through that intersection daily, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Mon, Aug 17, 2015, at 9:46 AM
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