ELKHART — Icy surfaces and near-whiteout conditions on U.S. 20 and S.R. 120 were to blame for two multiple-vehicle crashes Thursday morning, Feb. 27.
Emergency units were called at about 5:18 a.m. to S.R. 120, just east of C.R. 17, on reports of a four-vehicle crash.
According to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Martha Reynaga, 37, of Elkhart was driving eastbound on S.R. 120, east of C.R. 17, when she drove left of center, striking another vehicle driven by David Cate, 58, of Constantine, Mich.
A third vehicle driven by Annabelle Wohlford, 23, of Elkhart, hit Reynaga's vehicle, which was facing north on the eastbound lane of S.R. 120.
Reynaga's vehicle hit a fourth vehicle, driven by Jeffery Larsen, 39, which was trying to avoid the crash by driving on the shoulder of the north side of the roadway.
Wohlford was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where she was treated for complaints of leg pain.
Reynaga and Wolhford's vehicles suffered heavy damage. The other two vehicles had only minor damages.
Reynaga was cited for never receiving a license, driving without insurance and driving too fast for road conditions.
A few hours later units were called to the eastbound lanes of U.S. 20, just east of the west county line, on reports of a three-vehicle crash.
Units were called to the crash at about 8:20 a.m.
According to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, all three vehicles were heading east on U.S. 20 when Zachary Crowe, 31, of Greenwood, Ind., crashed into a vehicle driven by Dean Warren, 71, of Elkhart, which was stopped in traffic due to another crash that was blocking the roadway.
A third vehicle, driven by Jeffrey Zambrun, 55, slid on the ice and crashed into Crowe's car.
Steven Atherton, 42, a passenger in Crowe's car, was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at the end of a curve, and there were whiteout conditions in the area.
Crowe and Zambrun were warned for conditions requiring driving at a reduced speed.