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Semi crashes into teens

CAR ACCIDENT: Debris is scattered across the roadway after a 2003 GMC pulled out in front of a semi on Ind. 18 and 900 West. No life-threatening injuries were sustained in the accident,according to Lt. Scott Haley of the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

CONVERSE — A 2003 GMC pulled out in front of a semi-truck near Converse on Monday, sending the driver of the GMC to Marion General Hospital, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

The GMC was driven by a 16-year-old male, who had another male under the age of 18 as a passenger. The driver of the semi was 61 and out of Peru.

Police were called to the scene around 1:19 p.m. No other injuries were reported in the wreck.

The accident occurred when the driver of the GMC failed to see the oncoming semi and pulled out in front of the driver, according to Lt. Scott Haley of the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

The GMC was traveling northbound on 900 West. The semi was heading westbound on Ind. 18. The truck was hauling a grain trailer and but not loaded at the time of the accident. 

Debris from the vehicles was strewn across 900 West. The GMC was lodged near a tree on a homeowner’s front yard, well off the roadway.

The semi jackknifed a number of yards to the left of the GMC, with the majority of the vehicle having gone off the roadway.

The driver of the GMC complained of pain and was taken to MGH with non-life threatening injuries, Haley said.

No illegal substances played a role in the accident, according to Haley.

Both vehicles were totaled in the incident.

Police officers cleared the scene in about an hour and a half.