Indiana State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Indiana 1 at the intersection with Metz Road that injured four people, one of whom was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital with internal injuries.
According to Master Trooper Doug Kelly, at around 10:15 am, a 1996 GMC van driven by Jon D. Phelps, 70, of Hamilton, was traveling eastbound on Metz, approaching the intersection with Indiana 1. Phelps failed to stop his van for the posted stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound 2004 Range Rover driven by Dean J. Troyer, 22 of Topeka, according to a news release.
As a result, the Range Rover struck the GMC broadside, which caused both vehicles' airbags to deploy. Phelps, who was the lone occupant of the van, suffered internal injuries and was initially taken to Cameron Hospital in Angola before being transferred to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan helicopter. Troyer and his two passengers, Lyndon J. Yoder, 20, of Goshen, and Matthew L. Slabach, 20, of Topeka, all suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, according to the news release. All four were said to have been wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, which reduced the severity of their injuries.
Kelly was assisted at the scene by the Steuben County Sheriff Department along with Angola Fire and Rescue.