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Neighbors watch as Middlebury Paramedics prepare to move a young girl on a stretcher to the Medflight helicopter for transport to Parkview Hospital in Ft.Wayne following an accident on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The girl was riding in a horse drawn wagon that was struck by a truck. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Neighbors watch as Middlebury Paramedics prepare to move a young girl on a stretcher to the Medflight helicopter for transport to Parkview Hospital in Ft.Wayne following an accident on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The girl was riding in a horse drawn wagon that was struck by a truck. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Middlebury Paramedics carry a young girl on a stretcher as they load her into the Medflight helicopter for transport to Parkview Hospital in Ft.Wayne following an accident on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The girl was riding in a horse drawn wagon that was struck by a truck. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Middlebury Paramedics lift a young girl from a stretcher as they load her into the Medflight helicopter for transport to Parkview Hospital in Ft.Wayne following an accident on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The girl was riding in a horse drawn wagon that was struck by a truck. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

An Elkhart County Sheriff deputy and area residents attempt to pull a wagon from the front of an SUV that struck the horse drawn vehicle on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. A girl was airlifted by Medflight to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne with unknown injuries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

A Middlebury police officer, left, and a fire fighter remove first response equipment from the scene of a truck vs horse drawn wagon crash on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. A young passenger on the wagon was transported by Medflight to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne with unknown injuries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

An Elkhart County Sheriff deputy and area residents attempt to pull a wagon from the front of an SUV that struck the horse drawn vehicle on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. A girl was airlifted by Medflight to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne with unknown injuries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

A young boy hangs on a fence as he watches Medflight prepare to transport a patient to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne following an SUV-horse-drawn cart crash on C.R. 22 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Girl hurt in cart crash

Posted on Sept. 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — A Medflight helicopter transporting a young girl from an accident southwest of Middlebury had to make a precautionary landing on its way to a Fort Wayne hospital Friday morning.

Janell Yoder, 5, of Middlebury, was riding a horse-drawn cart with her mother, Linda Yoder, 29, when it was hit by a sport-utility vehicle at about 9:45 a.m. on C.R. 22 just east of C.R. 31, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

Both vehicles were headed northeast on C.R. 22, toward Middlebury. Janet Dabney, 70, of Goshen, the driver of the SUV, said she did not see the cart because of glare from the sun and rear-ended the cart.

Both passengers were thrown off the cart.

Janell Yoder was being flown to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne when the pilot smelled something burning in the cockpit, he told the Department of Emergency Management for Noble County.

Michael Newton, director of the Noble County Management Agency, said the helicopter landed in bean field off of C.R. 600 South near Churubusco. The LaOtto Fire Department and an ambulance from Parkview Hospital responded to the scene.

Janell Yoder was taken to the ambulance and driven to Parkview Hospital.

“Everything went really smooth,” he said about the landing. “The pilot did a good job.”

Maggie Scroope, manager of media and community relations department for Beacon Health System, confirmed Medflight made a precautionary landing. Another helicopter is available for use while the other one is checked, Scroope said.

Janell Yoder had possible life-threatening injuries to her head, according to the press release, and was listed in “serious” condition at Parkview Friday afternoon.

Linda Yoder was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital, with an injury to her head and lower back pain.

Dabney was not injured during the crash.

The horse was unhitched from the cart by the collision and was found a short distance away. It had suffered some cuts.

No citations were issued at the scene. The crash is being investigated by the sheriff’s department’s Crash Investigation Team.