Traffic backups expected at C.R. 17 and C.R. 10 due to damaged traffic pole

The pole was damaged Thursday night, Aug. 14, after a Middlebury woman crashed her car into it. Preliminary charges against the woman include operating while intoxicated.

Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 10:47 a.m.

Traffic at the intersection of C.R. 17 and C.R. 10 is expected to be backed up until further notice after it was damaged by a driver Thursday night, Aug. 14.

Around 11:25 p.m., Lindsey McCann, 21, was traveling south on C.R. 17 when her car crashed head-on into a traffic pole at the northwest corner of the intersection of C.R. 17 and C.R. 10, a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department said.

Preliminary charges against McCann include operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. She was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, including back pain. 

According to a Facebook post by Mike Yoder, Elkhart County commissioner, the traffic pole, signal heads, camera and base were all damaged. The light, located just north of the Six Span Bridge, is currently in flash mode, and it’s unclear how long it will take to repair.

In the meantime, “We can expect traffic back ups until such time as the signal is replaced,” Yoder wrote.

The Elkhart County Highway Department is working with a contractor to fix the damage as soon as possible. A new base for the pole may be needed.

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