2 COUNTY WRECKS: 5 injured in weekend crashes

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair of crashes in Whitley County sent 5 people to the hospital.On Hartman Road, east of Columbia City, two men were hurt after their vehicle caught on fire from a crash at 4:51 a.m. Saturday.Troy Adams, 29, of Columbia City, and Wesley Crowell, 33, also of Columbia City, were found lying on the side of Hartman Road with their vehicle, a recently purchased Dodge Challenger, fully engulfed in flames.Live power lines were down and a utility pole was also on fire. According to a case report, Adams and Crowell remember seeing the intersection at Hartman Road and County Road 300 East — but don’t remember anything else until waking up with the car on fire, needing to get out.Adams was charged by Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith for operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, disregarding a stop sign and operating as a habitual traffic offender — a case report was submitted to the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office Monday morning.To read the rest of this story, see the June 24 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.