Four injured in two-car collision at U.S. 33, Sunnyside Avenue

The accident was reported at 12:50 p.m. Saturday, June 7, near Concord Mall in Elkhart.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

ELKHART — Four people were sent to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Saturday at U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a collision involving a Mini Cooper and an Avalanche truck around 12:50 p.m. Saturday, June 7, according to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, Darlene Eichelberger, 41, of Goshen, was traveling south on Sunnyside Avenue approaching U.S. 33. The driver of the Avalanche truck, Barbara White, 44, of Bristol, was driving southwest on U.S. 33.

Eichelberger disregarded the red light at the intersection of Sunnyside Avenue and U.S. 33, according to the news release. She drove into the intersection and her car was struck by White’s truck.

One of Eichelberger’s passengers, Mark Rich, 14, of Elkhart, suffered a possible head injury and was unresponsive, according to the press release. He was taken by Medflight to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Darlene Eichelberger and Benjamin Eichelberger, 13, of Goshen, were taken to Elkhart General Hospital for complaints of back pain.

White was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for complaint of back and leg pain.

The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Charles Roger, who witnessed the accident, said the Mini Cooper crossed the train tracks going south and was hit by the Avalanche from the west on U.S. 33. The truck pushed the smaller car across three lanes of traffic, he said.

White called her ex-husband after the accident to tell him what happened before being taken to Elkhart General.

“She was pretty shook up,” he said. “She said ’I didn’t even see them coming.’”

Sunnyside Avenue, Concord Mall Drive and U.S. 33 were blocked until both cars were removed.


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