The Decatur Daily Democrat

Snow, ice cause four-vehicle crash


The Adams County Sheriff’s Department investigat­ed a four-vehicle chain collision mishap Thursday at 1:39 p.m. that was caused by icy and snowy road conditions on US 27 near Berne.

Police said Joseph J. Brite, 82, Hogans Alley, Decatur, was southbound in his SUV and was slowing down due to a previous slide off because of the icy road conditions. His vehicle was struck in the rear by a car operated by Megan J. Byerly, 18, rural Decatur, The Byerly vehicle was then hit by a pickup truck driven by Keith D. Mazelin, 62, Winterset Lane, Berne, as police said Mazelin was going too fast for existing weather conditions. To conclude the accident, a vehicle behind Mazelin driven by Emilie M. Purdy, 21, Auburn, was able to avoid hitting Mazelin but when she swerved to the west to do so, she struck Byerly’s car and then went into a ditch on the west side of US 27.

No injuries were reported in the accident that resulted in an estimated $25,001-$50,000 in damage to the vehicles. The Berne Police Department assisted at the scene in the investigat­ion.

Reports of four single-vehicle accidents were also received Thursday morning by the media with three accidents probed by the sheriff’s department and one by the Decatur Police Department.

At 3:14 a.m. Sunday, deputies were sent to the intersecti­on of Piqua Road and CR 450 N after a deer ran onto the road in front of a car driven by Nichole R. Myers, 48, Briarwood Trail, Decatur. She was unable to avoid hitting the animal and her car sustained an estimated $2,501-$5,000 in damage.

At 3:17 p.m. Thursday, Jon M. Collett, 44, Baltimore Street, Berne, was northbound on CR 000 near CR 400 S when his vehicle began to fishtail and he lost control of his pick-up truck. The vehicle struck and snapped an American Electric Power Company utility pole and ended up in a ditch. Damage to the vehicle and utility pole was estimated at between $10,001-$25,000.

At 8:46 p.m. Thursday, Sadie N. Gillenwate­r, 19, Monroevill­e, was southbound on CR 200 E near CR 800 N in her SUV when she overcorrec­ted due to the road becoming covered with snow and black ice and her vehicle started to slide across the roadway. She entered the east ditch line and struck a fence owned by the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) that secures a station for gas pumps and lines. The vehicle did not reach the pumps or lines. Between $2,501-$5,000 in damage to the vehicle and NIPSCO property was estimated by police.

At 6:45 a.m. Friday, the Decatur Police Department went to the intersecti­on of W. Monroe Street and Industrial Park Drive for a single-vehicle mishap. Police said Genesis A. Kimbriel, 22, Monroevill­e, slid on the ice and ran off the roadway. Her vehicle struck a stop sign but the sign did not appear to be damaged. An estimated $1,001-$2,500 in damage was done to the Kimbriel car.

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