Rushville Republican

March 29, 2013

Plow rolls under highway truck

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Rush County Highway Department employee Eric Elwell sustained what were described as minor injuries when the plow on his county truck rolled underneath the vehicle as he plowed CR 400E in Washington Township shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A second party reported the accident to the Rush County Sheriff’s Department and units from Raleigh, Glenwood and the RCSD responded to CR 400E north of CR 800N.

Investigating officer deputy Steve Houston said that as a result of multiple sub-freezing days followed by melting, many county roads are experiencing damage.

“A softened roadway was a factor in this accident,” Houston said.

While plowing CR 400E, a section of loosened asphalt dislodged and was pushed by the plow attached to the front of the sand truck Elwell was driving.

The added weight of the asphalt and sub-road surface coupled with the force of the moving vehicle caused the blade to roll under the truck, which then went off the east side of the county road.

Following treatment at the scene, Elwell was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106