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October 28, 2013

Two crashes this week at Burlington

Sunday crash sent two drivers to hospital

Two crashes have occurred on Burlington Avenue near the Hoosier Heartland Highway interchange since Sunday.

One of the crashes resulted in a overturned semi.

Around 11 a.m. Monday, a semi carrying hog feed was northbound on Burlington Ave. when Michael Spitznagle, 52, Delphi, attempted to turn on the U.S. 24/35 ramp, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Department. Spitznagle took the ramp too fast going east, resulting in the semi rolling on its side.

Most of the hog feed fell out of the semi. The remainder of the hog feed had to be transferred to another semi before the overturned truck could be placed upright again. As of 3 p.m., hog feed was still being removed from the area and was expected to take 4 to 5 more hours.

The driver's main complaint was feeling like he had a pulled muscle in his chest, according to Deputy Mike Shannon with the Cass County Sheriff's Department.

The semi, associated with Hog Slat, Inc., out of Camden, was overturned on the side of the ramp. The ramp was open to traffic until a wrecker arrived to pull the semi up.

Representatives from Cass County Sheriff's Department, Rural Metro, Cass County Emergency Management Agency, Cass County Fire District and Walton Fire Department responded to the scene.

In addition to the overturned semi, there was a high speed crash Sunday night at the interchange.

A 17-year-old juvenile, Galveston, was driving a 1994 Dodge Spirit southbound on Burlington Ave. when a silver 2002 Dodge Neon driven by Joan M. Estrada, 44, Peru, failed to stop at a stop sign. Estrada's vehicle, which was eastbound on the ramp's south side, struck the side of the juvenile's car. Estrada's vehicle traveled 178 feet east after the initial collision.

Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor said Estrada reportedly didn't see the stop sign. She was cited for disregarding the stop sign by Deputy Shane Johnson with Cass County Sheriff's Department. Both drivers were taken to Logansport Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Estrada sustained bruises and contusions to her chest and the juvenile sustained abrasions to her head.

Cass County Sheriff's Department, Cass County Fire District No. 1 and Rural Metro Ambulance responded to the car crash.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.

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