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UPDATE: Stuck semi cleared in North Liberty


The intersection of SR-23 and SR-4 in North Liberty was closed for over four hours on Friday afternoon. A semi truck became stuck after it was unable to make the turn off of SR-23. Town Marshal Mike Sawdon of the North Liberty Police Department received the call around Noon. "It was unable to make the turn without running into either building on either side of the street so at that time we contacted a towing agency," Sawdon said.

The truck with the trailer attachment measured in at more than 133 feet and weighed more than 185,000 pounds. It was transporting a power generator to Austin, Texas.

The truck stuck in the middle of the intersection was a sight to see for many of the local residents. Norma Patrick is an owner of Gene's Service Towing and Repair with their storefront located right at this intersection that was closed off.  "We have never had anything like this in our town," Patrick said. Her company provided one of the tow trucks that assisted in straightening out the stuck vehicle.

It is very common for trucks hauling trailers to make there way through the intersection of SR-23 and SR-4. It did not come as a surprise to North Liberty resident Carley Hamilton. "Most of them make it through, but the oversized loads, they don't make it at all."

A second tow truck was called in because one was not enough to move the vehicle. The tow truck operators used buckets of water and gallons of laundry detergent to help the wheels of the stuck vehicle to slide across the road.

Crowds gathered to watch the tow trucks move the massive vehicle. Traffic in the area built up in certain spots. "People were backed up down the street here sight seeing," Patrick said.

The truck and the trailer were able to continue their trip after it was straightened out around 4:15pm. A salt truck was brought in immediately to prevent any remaining detergent from freezing over. Both SR-23 and SR-4 were opened and passable by 4:20pm.

The Indiana State Police were on the scene earlier in the day. They informed Marshal Sawdon that they plan on taking this issue to Indianapolis. "They were going to contact downstate about possible different routes in the future so that we don't have this problem again," Sawdon said.

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