Boone County Sheriff’s plea to INDOT going viral

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – An impassioned Facebook post by the Boone County Sheriff drew a lot of attention Wednesday morning. It’s a post pleading for a stoplight after his department had to notify family members Tuesday that a loved one had been killed on the U.S. 52 detour.

Sheriff Mike Nielsen made himself very clear in his frustrations saying, “Until you have to do a death notification to a husband at his office, and then to a teenage daughter at school with her friends; one can never imagine the heartache that it brings to everyone involved, including seasoned officers.

The post continued and Nielsen also shared that he is beyond himself and “cannot get anywhere with INDOT on a traffic light at the intersection of US 52 and SR 47. I interact with people on a daily basis that work with INDOT that totally agree a traffic light needs to be installed at US 52 and SR 47. However, as I continue to speak with INDOT management, plead with them that this needs to be done ASAP, give INDOT crash data – they continue to stall.”

The post came just hours after a fatal crash on U.S. 52 Tuesday morning. Two cars and a semi collided just north of the intersection that the sheriff and many commuters have been calling dangerous for weeks now.

Tuesday’s crash happened just  north of an intersection where the Western Boone School Corporation asked for police escorts for school buses starting last week because they viewed it as a problem area.

Sheriff Nielson’s post has already garnered thousands of likes, and hundreds of shares and comments. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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