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A two-car collision at U.S 24 and Cass County Road 600 East just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday remains under investigation today.

Early investigation by Cass County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Pat Zeider found that 23-year-old Curtis Pogar of Butler had been driving a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on 600 East when he crossed U.S. 24 and failed to yield to a westbound 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck. Pogar was transported with non-life threatening injuries by ambulance to a trauma center in Fort Wayne.

A medical helicopter transported the passenger of the Malibu, Christopher Momotiuk, 20, of Mishawaka, to a Fort Wayne trauma center. According to Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder, Momutiuk’s condition is not known at this time. His injuries were life-threatening. Fire personnel had to extricate him from the vehicle.

According to the CCSD, the pickup truck was driven by Brandon Corwin, 25, of Monon. His passenger, Cora Smith, 23, also of Monon, was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and due to her pregnancy.

Brett Hatfield, 26, of Monticello, who was a rear passenger in the truck, said on Tuesday that 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.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene with substantial damage, according to the CCSD. The roadway was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours for investigation and cleanup.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (574) 753-7800.

Agencies on scene included CCSD, Logansport Police Department, Indiana State Police, Logansport Fire Department, New Waverly Fire Department, Walton Fire Department, Phoenix Ambulance Service, Lutheran EMS (Miami County ambulance), and Lutheran Air Ambulance.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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