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Police: Trucker Possibly OWI When Semi Spilled Fertilizer

Posted On December 01, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

A truck hauling fertilizer overturned on a U.S. 52 bridge in Franklin County on Thursday, November 30. Photo provided.

(Franklin County, Ind.) – A truck driver may have been intoxicated when he crashed on U.S. 52 in Franklin County on Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies say Gary M. Wyatt, 55, of Knightstown, Indiana, was driving a truck on U.S. 52 near Richland Creek Road at around 8:30 a.m. The truck went off the highway, struck a guardrail on a bridge, and overturned, spilling its load of granular fertilizer.

Deputies say Wyatt was not hurt, but showed signs of impairment. He was transported to Margaret Mary Health in Batesville to be subject to a blood draw for a toxicology test – the results of which were not released. Charges may follow, according to the sheriff’s department.

The crash remains under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash closed U.S. 52 west of Brookville until about noon Thursday as crews worked to clear the crash scene, including the spilled fertilizer. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management was at the scene to oversee the cleanup due to the proximity to Richland Creek.

Assisting at the scene were Indiana Conservation Officers, Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Unit, Franklin County EMS #2, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Franklin County Highway Department, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.