Semi overturns after being hit by large owl

A semi tipped over in a ditch on County Road 850S at about 4:15 a.m. today after a large owl hit the semi's driver side window. Photo provided

A large owl hit the side window of a semi at about 4:15 a.m. this morning, causing the driver to lose control and the semi to tip over in a ditch.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to County Road 850S at about 4:15 a.m. this morning about a semi on its side.

Deputy Brent Worman talked with the semi driver, Patrick Molex, 22, Ford Heights, Illinois, who said he was driving east on 850S when a large owl hit the driver’s side window.

Molex lost control of the semi, which went off the north side of the road, striking a culvert and rolling on to its left side.

The owl was found dead on the floor board of the semi, deputies said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.