Sheriff's Office Request Magistrates To Stop Semi Traffic On Indian Creek Road After Overturned Truck
Darren Doyle, story: photos courtesy of ECSO:
The Sheriff's Office requested that magistrates consider making some traffic changes on Indian Creek Road regarding semi truck routes during today's fiscal court meeting.
According to Deputy Stoney Phillips, a semi truck hauling 49K pounds of lumber met a tractor on the narrow county road a couple of weeks ago and the truck drove off the shoulder of the road. Deputy Phillips said the shoulder could not support the weight of the trailer which caused the trailer to shift, twist, and turn over, blocking the road for over three hours. No fault was found with the driver of the farm tractor, Phillips said.
Phillips also said there is an Amish-owned business on Indian Creek Rd that sells produce and builds portable storage buildings. The lumber is shipped to the business periodically, according to Phillips.
While there were no injuries, Phillips, on behalf of the Sheriff's Office, asked magistrates to consider an ordinance that would restrict semi truck traffic on Indian Creek Road due to the trucks' weight, length, and the small size of the county road. The entire load had to be dumped on the roadside in order for a commercial wrecker to return the trailer to its upright position.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon asked about the possibilities of trucking companies requesting an escort on that and other small roads instead of shutting down semis from the road altogether. Phillips said that would be the responsibility of either the trucking company, which would not likely happen, or the Amish-owned company, which was only capable of providing a horse and buggy escort, something he felt wasn't safe or feasible.
Magistrate Buck Simmons asked if the requested ordinance was written for this particular road, why wouldn't the remaining small county roads need the same ordinance? Phillips said while he agreed with that on several more roads, Indian Creek was the only small county road that currently experiences regular semi truck traffic that poses a danger to the public.
The court moved to table the issue until the next fiscal court meeting with hopes that all magistrates would be present. Magistrate Joe Durbin was absent from today's meeting.