The maintenance of a tree that partially obstructed a stop sign at the site of a recent fatal accident is being disputed by the city of Marion and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh said the city contacted INDOT following the fatal accident at Butler Avenue and Indiana 18, asking them to remove tree branches that obstructed the stop sign an Oak Hill student reportedly failed to stop at since the city believes the tree in question is under INDOT jurisdiction, but INDOT public relations director Scott Manning said INDOT maintenance crews confirmed the tree was out of the state right of way upon inspection.

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