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Friday, August 1st, 2008

SUV smashes into barn and stops on manure pit

By Margie Wuebker
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a bizarre accident in which an SUV was found demolished after plowing through a field and into a hog barn.
Deputies were called to the barn along Hellwarth Road, south of Miller Road, shortly before 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The property is owned by Jerry Weisman, 7984 U.S. 127, Celina.
The vehicle, a white 1997 Ford, was found 10 to 12 feet inside the barn with its air bags deployed. The registered owner is Joann R. Goodwin, 555 Frahm Pike, Celina, but authorities do not know who was driving at the time.
The northbound vehicle traveled left of center and proceeded off the west side of the pavement. It traveled through the side ditch as well as an adjacent soybean field before emerging into a farm lot and striking a nearby hog barn. The SUV drove into the barn striking multiple concrete pen dividers before coming to rest on the slatted cover above a manure pit. Some damaged slats gave way causing the vehicle to settle partially into the pit.
No suspects were located and the heavily damaged vehicle was towed from the scene.
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