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Charges doled in ’Busco crash

March 2, 2014

A Churubusco man was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital Friday morning after crashing his vehicle head-on into a tree. According to police reports, the driver, Donald Barge, was driving on a suspended license, and police believe speed was a factor in the crash. Pictured, officials load Barge into a medical helicopter. Nicole Ott/Post & Mail photo.

CHURUBUSCO — A Churubusco man was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital, then charged with driving while suspended Friday morning after he crashed his vehicle head-on into a tree.

According to a police report, Donald Barge, 29, along with two passengers, was traveling southbound on Blue River Drive in Churubusco when, for an unknown reason, drove left of center, across the road and into a tree.

Barge was pinned at the legs and extracted by the Smith Township Fire Department, before being flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan.

Barge sustained head and leg injuries.

His passengers were also injured in the crash.

Logan Hontz, 27, of Churubusco, suffered head injuries and was ticketed for not wearing his seatbelt. Jessica Garver, 30, of Columbia City, suffered chest pain.

Both passengers were also taken to the hospital in Fort Wayne.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department believes speed was a factor in the crash.

The WCSD was assisted by the Smith Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Churubusco Police and Whitley County EMS.

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