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More than 30 crashes reported during morning commute in Elkhart County

None of the accidents on Tuesday morning, March 25, resulted in major injuries. 

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

ELKHART — Another band of snow swept through Elkhart County early Tuesday morning, March 25, causing several slide-offs and numerous crashes during the morning commute hours. 

Tuesday's crashes followed a busy Friday morning for emergency units, which responded to almost 40 crashes throughout the county.

According to the National Weather Service, a period of moderate to locally heavy snow was expected Tuesday morning across the region, with visibilities dropping to less than half of a mile.

Accumulations were expected to go up to one inch, making roads slick in some areas, according to the weather service.

In Elkhart, 10 crashes were reported between 3 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Desiree Detwiler, assistant director.

In the county, 22 crashes were reported, along with five slide-offs. Only one crash in the county resulted in minor injuries, according to Egbert Dijkstra, director of the communications center. 

That accident was reported at 7:48 a.m., according to a report from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. 

Emergency units responded to S.R. 19, south of C.R. 24 for reports of a two-vehicle crash.

According to the press release, Warren Black, 60, was driving north on S.R. 19 when his vehicle started to slide onto the southbound lane, crashing into a vehicle driven by Jeremy Tibbs, 34, who was headed south on S.R. 19. 

Black was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with complaint of neck and back pain. He was issued a warning for driving in conditions that require driving at reduced speed.


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