One person was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital and two others were taken to local medical facilities after a a two-car collision Tuesday in Cass County.
Officers are asking drivers to avoid Cass County Road 600 East, also known as Cass Station Road, for at least two more hours. Westbound U.S. 24 just re-opened one lane for traffic that has been stalled for almost an hour.
The collision occurred at approximately 12:36 p.m. at 600 East and U.S. 24. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Logansport Police Department, and Indiana State Police arrived on scene since the accident and remained several hours for reconstruction work.
According to CCSD Sgt. Pat Zeider, a silver Malibu was heading northbound on 600 East and failed to yield to a blue Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver of the Malibu was transported to Lutheran Hospital in Peru before being taken to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. The passenger was airlifted to Fort Wayne’s Lutheran.
Meanwhile, the driver of the pickup sustained no injuries, Zeider said. The passenger in the pickup, who is pregnant, was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital.
The rear passenger of the pickup, Brett Hatfield, 26, of Monticello, said he did not suffer any injuries. “The passenger side door was forced shut so I had to smash it open with my feet,” he said, adding that he protected his beagle, Charlie, throughout the crash. Worried about his dog, Hatfield said he wanted to keep him safe.
He and his friends were just returning from a weekend of camping.
Agencies on scene included CCSD, LPD, ISP, New Waverly Fire Department, Walton Fire Department, Phoenix Paramedic Solutions, Lutheran EMS (Miami County ambulance), and Lutheran Air Ambulance.
This is breaking news and will be updated as more information becomes available.