Ringing phone distracts driver, leads to chain reaction crash Wednesday

    All vehicles were stopped at a light when one driver was distracted and accelerated her vehicle, striking the others.

    Posted on Aug. 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 1, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

    ELKHART — Stopped in traffic, a driver distracted by a ringing phone accelerated her vehicle and caused a chain reaction crash on U.S. 33 Wednesday afternoon, July 31.

    Alizee Jackson, 16, of Elkhart, was stopped in traffic facing north on U.S. 33, south of C.R. 13 at approximately 4:31 p.m. She was distracted by a ringing phone and accelerated her vehicle while traffic was still stopped, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Jackson collided with the vehicle in front of her, who then collided with the vehicle in front of it.

    All drivers were wearing seat belts. Jackson was taken to Elkhart General Hospital to be treated for complaint of neck pain, according to the press release.

    There were no citations issued.

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