Grant County Accidents

Grant County authorities responded to a car fire last Wednesday. The incident happened on Highway 61 near Rogers in North Lancaster Township. 26 year old Elizabeth Gehler of Blue River was northbound on 61 when several warning lights on the dashboard came on before she noticed smoke coming from the engine bay of her vehicle. Gehler pulled over to the shoulder by which time there was a small fire in the engine bay. A passerby attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful. By the time the Fire Department and Deputies arrived on the scene, the front half of the vehicle was fully engulfed. Gehler was uninjured in the incident. The vehicle was a total loss.

An accident Thursday afternoon in Grant County resulted in minor injuries. It happenedĀ on Highway 35/61 north of Potosi. The Grant County Sheriff’s department says a van operated by 30 year old William Murray IV of Lancaster was southbound on 61 and came over the crest of the hill and struck the rear of a tractor hauling a spreader. The vehicle bounced into the northbound lanes into an oncoming northbound Semi. The van came to rest on its driver’s side, blocking both northbound lanes of the highway. The semi-trailer came to rest in the northbound ditch with the semi blocking northbound traffic. The northbound lanes were closed for 2.5 hours while crews cleared the roadway and removed the semi from the ditch. Murray reported minor injuries and was evaluated on scene by Potosi EMS and released. No other injuries were reported. The crash remains under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.