Monday Evening shortly after 5:00 P.M. Marshall County Central Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a multi-vehicle collision in the 100 block of US 6 and King Road in Bremen.

According to the Marshall County press release, Deputy Laffoon’s preliminary investigation stated that 57-year-old Delbert Polenske of Bancroft, Nebraska driving a 2016 Freightliner semi was traveling eastbound on US 6 approaching King Road.

Polenske’s semi struck the rear of 33-year-old Melia Byrer of Bremen driving a 2017 Ford Focus who was facing eastbound and was slowed and or stopped at the intersection to turn north on King Road.

The collision between the two vehicles pushed Byrer’s Ford Focus into oncoming traffic where she was then struck by 50-year-old Jeffery Whiteman of Plymouth who was driving a 2017 Ford Focus as well as 24-year-old Logan Powers of Plymouth who was operating a 1997 Subaru Legacy.

Melia Byrer was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for Injuries sustained in the crash. Byrer later passed away from her injuries.
All other drivers involved in the crash were treated at the scene but were not transported.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Indiana State Police, LaPaz Fire, and EMS, Bremen Fire, and EMS along with INDOT. The Indiana State Police and the St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office are also assisting in the ongoing investigation.

A final report of the collision will be forwarded to the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office for review.