ELKHART — Police say that a rollover crash that closed eastbound lanes on U.S. for less than an hour Thursday afternoon, June 12, was caused when the vehicle lost a part while in motion.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and two township fire departments were called to the scene of the crash at about 3:42 p.m. Eastbound lanes were blocked to traffic for a short period of time.
The scene was cleared by 4:12 p.m., according to a dispatcher from the Elkhart County 911 Center.
The driver of the vehicle, Jorge Enrrique Alvorado-Vierora, 31, of Mishawaka, was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with complaint of neck pain, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.
Alvorado-Vierora was driving west on U.S. 20, west of C.R. 17, when the driveshaft fell off the vehicle, causing it to swerve and crash against the cement wall that divides eastbound and westbound lanes.
The vehicle, a Ford Ranger, then rolled and landed on its roof.
Alvorado-Vierora was cited for never receiving a license.