Alcohol a factor in Whitley County rollover crash; 3 hurt

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Whitley County officials are investigating a crash that left three people hurt early Monday morning.

Around 2:40 a.m., the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and other emergency personnel responded to U.S. 33 near the Whitley-Noble County line.

When they got there, they found a car sitting on its top in a field off the southwest side of the road.

According to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, the car was heading north on U.S. 33 when it went left of center and drove off the road. The car then rolled multiple times before coming to stop upside down.

A car sits upside down off of U.S. 33 after crashing on Monday, December 9, 2019. At least two people were taken to hospitals for injuries.

Police said the driver, Mohmad Nasir Jatala, 28, Osceola, was ejected from the car and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

One passenger, David Melendez, 54, Mishawaka, suffered serious injuries. Another passenger, Amanda Conard, 32, Mishawaka, was treated for minor injuries.

Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

U.S. 33 was shut down for a short amount of time after the crash. Both lanes have since reopened, and first responders cleared the scene around 4:15 a.m.

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