MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Indiana State Police are investigating a Wednesday morning multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 in Marshall County that killed one person.
The incident took place just before 6:30 a.m. when according to police, a silver Volkswagen driven by Robert Brown, 51, of Plymouth was going east on 12th Road when he pulled into the path of a green Saturn driven by Rodney Gross, 50, of Rochester, going north on U.S. 31. The impact sent the Volkswagen into a ditch and left the disabled Saturn in the middle of U.S. 31 where it was struck two more times by passing vehicles before it also ended up in a ditch.
One of the vehicles that hit the Saturn, a Ford Focus driven by Dale Tafelski, 49, of Rochester, ended up in the center median. The other vehicle that hit the Saturn was a Dodge Ram pickup pulling a horse trailer which was driven by Lawrence Carrico, 77, of Rochester. The Ram ended up in a ditch next to the Saturn.
Gross was airlifted to a South Bend hospital for treatment while his passenger, Raymond Lewis, 56, of Rochester died in the crash. Tafelski was taken was taken to a medical facility in Plymouth for treatment. Brown and Carrico were not injured.
Investigators don’t believe alcohol was factor in the crash. The incident forced the closure of a stretch of U.S. 31 until 11:00 a.m.