INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A battle is brewing between some Hamilton County residents. Atissue- what’s behind a series of road accidents, including afatality just two weeks ago. Folks in Noblesville are debatingwhat’s really causing a string of accidents on 191st Street.Is it speeding drivers or goats?
Neighbors sent us still photos of an accident that happenedearly Thursday involving a driver who swerved to avoid hitting agoat --
Brian Boles tells 24-Hour News 8 “I swerved to the rightto miss the goat. hit some rocks, corrected myself, went left andas I did my car flipped and I went down into an embankment and intoa field.”
He managed to escape with only minor scrapes.
Longtime residents also cite an April 16th accident near theirproperty that killed Matt Warner. While they’re not certainabout the cause, the longtime residents are pointing toward DanielAult, a private man who raises livestock on his sprawling farm.They say he’s an irresponsible owner and the fencing aroundhis property is shoddy at best.
Residents say since Ault moved in during the fall of 2008, therehave been four accidents on 191st street, all of which they blameon animals leaving his property. But Ault disagrees. He blames iton speeding drivers going up and down 191st Street. He says herecently spent $6,000 on fencing around his property.
Ault does say perhaps the county should post more warning signsin the area. Still, Boles believes Ault isn’t taking fullresponsibility.
“The goat out in the middle of the road belongs to thefarm right here. And I believe that owner is at fault. His goat gotout. I came up the hill just on my way to work and here is the goatstanding in the middle of the road,” Boles said.
Hamilton County say there have been 14 accidents on 191st Streetin the past year and a half. They say only three have been in thevicinity of Ault's home and that only one, not including Boles'accident, has involved animals in the road.
An old elementary school building in southern Indiana's Brown County will soon have a new industrial occupant.
The huge number of tree limbs knocked down Kokomo when two tornadoes hit the city three weeks ago are starting to disappear.
Police dispatchers around Central Indiana reported a number of vehicle slide-offs occurred Monday morning.