Tribune staff reports
A 52-year-old man hauling a load of logs Tuesday west of Wegan was hospitalized after his truck left the road, struck a utility pole and tipped onto its side.
Terry Schepman of Seymour was able to crawl from the cab of the truck but suffered cuts and bruises and complained of shoulder pain, according to county Officer Rick Meyer’s report.
Meyer reported that when he and county Officer Rob Henley arrived at the scene on County Road 400S near County Road 100E, they found Schepman lying near the truck.
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Meyer said Schepman, who was conscious and alert, told police the wreck occurred as he was driving east on County Road 400S and he swerved to miss a deer. The passenger-side tires of the 1978 International 160 left the south side of the road, and the truck then hit a Jackson County REMC pole.
Schepman said he tried to get the tires back onto the road but was unable to do so. The truck, owned by Schepman’s father, Wayne Schepman, then rolled onto its side, spilling the load of logs into a field.
Schepman was treated by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
The incident led to a brief electrical outage in the area until REMC crews could restore power.
Firefighters with Brownstown and Grassy Fork volunteer fire departments assisted with the cleanup, along with the cleanup of a small amount of fuel leaking from the truck. 31 Wrecker was called to tow the log truck.
The wreck was reported at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.