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Driver airlifted in crash; 1 other hurt

A 45-year-old Cromwell man was airlifted in critical condition to a Fort Wayne hospital Friday night after his pickup truck rolled over and struck a utility pole in northeast Kosciusko County.

The driver, Javier Lopez, was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center with head and leg injuries, according to a statement from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. Lopez’s front-seat passenger, Miguel Sanchez, 30, Syracuse, was also transported to Parkview with serious leg injuries.

Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel responded Friday to the intersection of County Road 1000 East and County Road 1050 North shortly after 6 p.m., according to the news release. They found a pickup truck that had rolled over into a soybean field, striking a utility pole and ejecting the driver.

A preliminary investigation determined that Lopez was southbound on County Road 1000 East approaching the intersection of County Road 1050 North when a vehicle that was stopped on County Road 1050 North pulled into his path, the statement said. Lopez swerved to avoid contact with the vehicle but went off the east side of County Road 1000 East and rolled over, striking the pole.

Witnesses told officers that the other vehicle did not make contact with Lopez’s vehicle and left the scene shortly after the crash, according to the statement.

The crash is under investigation.

Lopez was listed in critical condition Friday night, while Sanchez was listed in serious condition, according to the sheriff’s department.

The Kosciusko County FACT/crash investigation team was assisted by the Syracuse/Turkey Creek Township EMS & Fire Department, Indiana State Police, and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.