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June 24, 2014

Fertilizer truck rolls near Falmouth

A single vehicle rollover accident resulted in CR 800E north of Falmouth being closed for nearly 90 minutes Monday morning.

A Falmouth Farm Supply fertilizer truck, loaded liquid fertilizer, rolled north of CR 700N on County Line road East Monday.

The driver Josh Niedenthal, 29, of Rushville, was uninjured as a result of the accident.

According to investigating officer Rush County Deputy David Sliger, Niedenthal was northbound when he became distracted and lost control of the GMC truck.

“The driver said that as he approached CR 700N, he momentarily took his eyes off the road to retrieve some paperwork that fell off the seat of the vehicle. When he looked up he realized he had left the rural road. He apparently over corrected in his attempt to return to the road and crossed over the centerline before leaving the west side of the road and entering a steep side ditch, at which time the vehicle rolled onto its side,” Sliger said.

According to Niedenthal, the vehicle had actually come to a complete stop after it left the west side of the road before the pitch of the side ditch and the sloshing liquid caused it to roll onto the drivers’ side.

“I immediately got out and checked the tank to make sure it was not leaking,” Niedenthal said.

Employees of Davis Towing separated the tank from the truck frame and returned it to the roadway prior to removing the tank from a field farmed by Brad Dora. The accident caused only minor field damage.

Responding to the accident were units from the RCSD, Raleigh Volunteer Fire Department, Rush County EMA office and Davis Towing.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.

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