UPDATE: 5 injured in serious head-on crash near Warsaw


Wednesday morning update: The following release was issued Wednesday morning by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department:

Five people were seriously injured after a head-on crash Tuesday evening south of Warsaw, in Kosciusko County.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputies and emergency personnel responded to a 9-1-1 call of a head-on vehicular crash Tuesday evening shortly after 6 p.m. along County Farm Road, south of County Road 350 South. Rescue personnel immediately located five injured individuals at the scene, including one entrapped passenger.

Officers initially located John J. Etter, 60, Huntington, lying in the roadway. Etter was airlifted from the scene by and transported to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, in serious condition with hip and chest injuries.

Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory extricated the passenger of the second vehicle, who was later identified as Maxine J. Spangle, 51, Claypool. She was also airlifted from the scene and transported to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition with leg injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, Gary L. Spangle, 43, Claypool, received minor injuries to his lower leg/foot area. Also injured in the Spangle vehicle were Hunter Haines, 15, and Madison Haines, 14, both of Claypool. They suffered from shoulder and head injuries, respectively, and were transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, in stable condition. Kosciusko County F.A.C.T./crash investigation team members stated that initial investigations concluded that Etter had been driving his black, 2010 Ford southbound when he crossed the centerline of County Farm road. Spangle was driving his black, 2010 GMC pickup truck northbound when he observed Etter driving into his lane. Spangle attempted to swerve but could not avoid the Etter's vehicle prior to impact.

Officers stated that the crash is still under investigation pending legal blood test results as mandated by state law.

Original story posted Tuesday night: Police and medics were called to the scene of a serious head-on crash south of Warsaw early Tuesday night.

It happened shortly before 6:15 p.m. in the 3700 block of South County Farm Road.


According to StaceyPageOnline, there were numerous patients in the crash, and two helicopters were called to airlift victims to the hospital.

Crews from Warsaw and Winona Lake responded.

The head-on crash was described "major impact" by authorities on the scene.

StaceyPageOnline provided this story and photos.

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