Deer hit

Wild deer caused two accidents in Jay County this week.

Kimbra L. Chenoweth, 54, Portland, was driving west on county road 650 South just east of Indiana 27 about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday when a deer ran across the road.

She was unable to avoid hitting the animal with her 2010 Toyota Highlander, which was towed from the scene, according to a Jay County Sheriff’s Office report. Damage is estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.

Vickie J. Betz, 60, Portland, was driving west on Indiana 26 when she drove into a deer with her 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. Damage is estimated between $1,000 and $2,500.



Semi accident

A Missouri semi driver attempted to pass a Bluffton woman turning left on Indiana 67 about 2:55 p.m. Monday and drove into the back of her vehicle with his semi.

Martha A. Rivas, 24, Bluffton, was driving east on the highway near county road 250 East with Mary R. Hilty, 24, Geneva, and Lucinda L. Shetler, 20, Berne, when she missed her right turn into a driveway. She slowed down and moved to the left lane to turn into another driveway when her 2014 Chevrolet Express drove into a 2015 Freightliner truck, driven by Thomas Jourdain, 48, St. Louis.

Jourdain told officers from Jay County he was behind Rivas when she stopped her vehicle, so he drove into the left lane to pass her. She turned into the same lane in front of him, he said, and he wasn’t able to stop before colliding with her vehicle.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene, with damage estimated between $10,000 and $25,000.

Sonoco accident

Damage was estimated between $5,000 and $10,000 after a Portland teenager drove into a semi that was attempting to turn into the Sonoco packing plant at 1619 N. Meridian St., Portland, at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Terry J. Allen, 61, Saint Marys, Ohio, was northbound on Meridian Street (U.S. 27) when he attempted to turn east into Sonoco from the middle lane. Christopher A. Landon, 17, was in the right lane and failed to notice Allen was turning.

Landon drove his vehicle into the semi and it was dragged into the parking lot, according to a Portland Police Department accident report. Landon was driving a 2003 Ford F250 registered to Andrew W. Landon, Portland, and Allen was driving a 2012 semi registered to Classic Carriers Inc. in Versailles, Ohio.