Odin Business Damaged and Gas Line Severed When Hit By Pickup Truck
The pickup truck driven by Michael Hand of Lourey Street also severed off the gas main when hitting the building. Odin Firemen were able to shut off the gas until Ameren gas crews could arrive. The wreck occurred just before four Thursday morning.
The truck apparently was traveling south on DeWolfe Street when it turned into the alley behind Affordable Tackle, accelerated, and glanced off a telephone pole before hitting the building.
Deputies say both Hand and Amie Organ of Odin were standing near the truck when they arrived. Organ initially told deputies she was driving the truck. However, after being confronted that her story didn't match what happened, Organ allegedly admitted she was actually at home watching Hand's children and had made up the story to try and keep Hand out of trouble. Organ was not charged, with information being turned over to the State's Attorney's office for review.
Deputies say there was moderate damage to the rear of the building. The impact buckled part of the wall and also damaged an inside apartment occupied by Michael Hoagland. He was not home at the time. There were no injuries.
Hand was taken to the Marion County Jail following his arrest.
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