By MELINDA KRICK
ANTWERP – A semi truck was involved in an accident "that looked a lot worse than it was" on Tuesday in Antwerp.
The incident occurred just before noon Jan. 10 at a turn on Ohio 49 south of downtown. Police Chief George Clemens said the semi driver, who was hauling a trailer of corn-based crude protein animal feed, apparently took the corner too close. The rear axles hit a concrete-filled barricade, called a bollard, which tore the axles off the trailer.
"It was a minor accident. It looked a lot worse than it was," Clemens said. No one was injured.
The truck, from St. Marys, was traveling northbound through town.
The truck had to be unloaded before it could be moved. "It made a mess," Clemens said. "We were on scene until 10 or 11 last night."
The Antwerp Police Department accident report states the crash occurred at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of South Main and Canal streets (Ohio 49). Kenneth Bollack, 57, of Lewisburg, was driving a 2017 semi, went around the corner and the back tires hit the barrier, tearing off the back axle. Bollack was cited for assured clear distance.
The semi trailer sustained heavy damage and was towed by Gideon's Towing.