Delivery Semi Vs. Pear Tree Outside Greencastle Business Causes Timely Cleanup

Bradford pear trees are in full bloom. One such tree in downtown Greencastle met a brutal run-in with a semi trailer Monday morning, March 28. The truck took out two large limbs of the tree near the square in front of Greencastle Offset Printing, located at 2 S. Jackson St. Greencastle Police were dispatched to the crash around 9:30am, to find Randall L. Giles, 53, of West Terre Haute, with a 2007 Freightliner semi and trailer registered to P J Trucking, also of West Terre Haute. Giles told GPD Sgt. Ed Wilson he was trying to make a delivery to Greencastle Offset Printing, but as it was his first to the Greencastle business, he was unsure where to make his delivery. Giles pulled to the side of the road in front the business, and believed he had cleared the tree, but two large limbs broke off, one of which fell into the road over the front of the trailer. Sgt. Wilson, Assistant Chief Brian Hopkins, officers Darrel Bunten and Kyle Lee assisted on scene as several workers from the Greencastle Department of Public Works responded along with a bucket truck to get a large branch off the semi, cutting the wood into manageable pieces, and to clear debris from the road.

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