Nine injured in 12-vehicle crash on S.R. 19

The crash is on S.R. 19 near C.R. 48, about 2 miles north of Nappanee.


Posted on Feb. 27, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

NAPPANEE — A 12-vehicle pileup on S.R. 19 north of C.R. 48 Thursday afternoon that injured nine people started when a vehicle struck a mail truck stopped along the road.

According to a crash report from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Sharon Lemler, 57, of Nappanee was driving a private mail truck southbound on C.R. 48 at 2:21 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 and had stopped along the west side of the road.

Lemler's vehicle was struck from behind by an Oldsmobile sedan driven by 25-year-old Darin Yoder of Nappanee, who had also been traveling southbound on S.R. 19.

A third vehicle, which had been travelling behind Lemler and Yoder, slowed down and stopped at the scene, where it was struck by another vehicle, causing a chain-reaction crash with eight more vehicles.

All were travelling southbound on S.R. 19 and blowing snow in the area caused white-out conditions at the time of the crash, according to the report.

Nine patients, seven drivers and two passengers, were taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, including head, neck, back and wrist pain.

Yoder was cited for driving too fast for conditions

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