Today at approximately 6:07 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Rochester Police Department, and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S 31 at Sweetgum Road, in which five people were injured.
The preliminary crash investigation by Senior Trooper Todd Trottier revealed that John Hogan, 43, rural Macy, IN was driving a 2012 Toyota Corolla southwest on Sweetgum Road approaching a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 31. The Corolla failed to yield to traffic on U.S 31 and pulled into the path of a northbound 2019 Nissan Sentra. The Nissan, driven by Angela Collins, 49, Indianapolis, IN, struck the Corolla in the drivers’ side.
Collins and Hogan were both flown from the crash scene, via medical helicopters, to a Ft Wayne hospital. There were three passengers in the Nissan, all children. Two boys, ages five and eight, and a female child whose age has yet to be determined. All three of the children were also flown from the crash scene to a Ft Wayne hospital. The status of the injured is unknown currently.
The crash is still under investigation. At this time neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash.
Trottier was assisted at the crash scene by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Rochester Fire Department, Lutheran EMS, Lutheran Medical Helicopter, Samaritan Medical Helicopter, and the Rochester Police Department.