1 dead, 1 hurt in rollover crash in Columbia City

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) — One man is dead and another was hurt after a vehicle crashed near Columbia City Monday morning.

Emergency crews responded to Old Trail Road, just east of 300 East around 7:15 a.m.

Indiana State Police officials said a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria tried passing in a no-passing zone at a high rate of speed then over-corrected and lost control. The car then left the road and rolled several times before hitting a tree by the road.

The man driving – 30-year-old Donnie Jackson of rural Columbia City – and his male passenger – Dakota Lee Messmann, 23, also of rural Columbia City – were pinned inside the vehicle when emergency crews got there.

According to police, Messmann was pronounced dead at the scene.

Parkview’s Samaritan helicopter also responded to the scene and took the Jackson to a hospital in serious condition.

Police said both people in the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.

The Indiana State Police Department is investigating the crash.

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