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CRASH CLAIMS LIFE OF COL. CITY MAN; Slick roads to blame for many accidents in NE Ind.

January 17, 2014

WHITLEY COUTY — Thursday morning’s snowfall created slick roads in Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, causing many crashes and slide-offs across the state.

A crash in Whitley County claimed the life of a Columbia City man on Ind. 205 at approximately 11 a.m. after he lost control of his van.

Investigating officer Scott Schmitt said Russel Bertrand, 70, was driving northbound on Ind. 205, toward Churubusco, when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off the road, where it flipped on its side.

Bertrand’s passenger, Sharon Bertrand, 68, also of Columbia City, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital.

Jackknifed semis created traffic hazards in surrounding counties. A tractor-trailer on I-69 slowed traffic in the southbound lanes for more than 30 minutes in Huntington County around noon Thursday, and another jackknifed semi was reported on U.S. 30 in Allen County near Kroemer Road.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Ron Galaviz said the highways were very slick and troopers were working many accidents. Galaviz urges motorists to slow down and be mindful of emergency personnel assisting those who have crashed.

While forecasters predict minimal snow flurries today, Saturday is expected to bring an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow.
Temperatures are also expected to plummet to single digits tonight.

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