Fish spilled in two-vehicle mishap


By Dean Shipley - dshipley@civitasmedia.com



A Mercury Milan, foreground, struck a truck, loaded with live bait fish tanks, when the truck driver ran a stop sign Thursday morning at the intersection of state Route 161 and Lafayette-Plain City Road near Plain City Thursday. The fish tanks were dumped on the roadway spilling thousands of minnows and other bait fish.


Thousands of minnows and other bait fish were spilled onto Lafayette-Plain City Road Thursday morning following a car-truck collision.


A two-vehicle accident near Plain City Thursday morning sent one person to the hospital and displaced thousands of minnows onto the pavement.

The accident took place on Middleburg-Plain City Road, just west of the village, on Thursday morning.

A 2007 Mercury Milan, driven by Gary D. Comer of Mechanicsburg, was eastbound on State Route 161, when it struck a 2013 Dodge truck hauling live bait, driven by Evan W. Dietz, of Botkins, according to Chief deputy Tom Morgan of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Dietz was southbound on Middleburg-Plain City road when he did not stop for the stop sign.

Both vehicles struck the guard rail. The truck, registered to Indian Lake Wholesale Bait, then lost its load of three tanks of live bait, which crashed into the guard rail. Thousands of minnows and other bait fish were dumped onto the roadway by the force of the collision.

Comer was transported by Pleasant Valley Fire to Riverside Medical Center. Extent of his injuries not disclosed. Dietz was not injured, but was cited for failure to yield.

The accident remains under investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Madison County Sheriff’s deputy assisted with traffic control.

A Mercury Milan, foreground, struck a truck, loaded with live bait fish tanks, when the truck driver ran a stop sign Thursday morning at the intersection of state Route 161 and Lafayette-Plain City Road near Plain City Thursday. The fish tanks were dumped on the roadway spilling thousands of minnows and other bait fish.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/06/web1_acciLPC161a.jpgA Mercury Milan, foreground, struck a truck, loaded with live bait fish tanks, when the truck driver ran a stop sign Thursday morning at the intersection of state Route 161 and Lafayette-Plain City Road near Plain City Thursday. The fish tanks were dumped on the roadway spilling thousands of minnows and other bait fish.

Thousands of minnows and other bait fish were spilled onto Lafayette-Plain City Road Thursday morning following a car-truck collision.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/06/web1_acciLPC161c.jpgThousands of minnows and other bait fish were spilled onto Lafayette-Plain City Road Thursday morning following a car-truck collision.

By Dean Shipley

dshipley@civitasmedia.com

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.