Officials investigate the scene of Tuesday evening's head-on collision involving two vehicles on County Farm Road, south of CR 350 S. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Officials investigate the scene of Tuesday evening's head-on collision involving two vehicles on County Farm Road, south of CR 350 S. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Five people were seriously injured after a head-on crash Tuesday evening south of Warsaw.
Deputies and emergency personnel responded to a 911 call of a head-on vehicular crash Tuesday shortly after 6 p.m. along County Farm Road, south of CR 350S, according to a press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. Rescue personnel immediately located five injured individuals at the scene, including one entrapped passenger.
Officers initially found John J. Etter, 60, Huntington, lying in the roadway. Etter was airlifted from the scene and transported to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, in serious condition with hip and chest injuries.
Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory extricated the passenger of the second vehicle, who was later identified as Maxine J. Spangle, 51, Claypool.
She was also airlifted from the scene and transported to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition with leg injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, Gary L. Spangle, 43, Claypool, received minor injuries to his lower leg/foot area.
Also injured in the Spangle vehicle were Hunter Haines, 15, and Madison Haines, 14, both of Claypool. They suffered from shoulder and head injuries, respectively, and were transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, in stable condition.
Kosciusko County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team members concluded from initial investigation that Etter had been driving his black 2010 Ford southbound when he crossed the center line of County Farm road.
Spangle was driving his black 2010 GMC pickup truck northbound when he saw Etter driving into his lane. Spangle attempted to swerve, but could not avoid Etter’s vehicle prior to impact.
Officers stated that the crash is still under investigation pending legal blood test results as mandated by state law.