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County Police Investigate Crashes Due to Slippery Roads

March 6, 2011

03/07/11 Saturday’s snow made roadway slick and hazardous causing a number of accidents.  County Police Officer Nick Laffoon was dispatched to US 31 north of 14C Road for a single vehicle accident Saturday night just before 10.  A 198 Dodge Caravan driven by 81 year old Patrick A. Rogan was observed running off the roadway by a witness who called in the accident.  After an extensive search of the area the vehicle was located.  The van ran off the west side of the roadway struck several tree limbs and small trees and came to rest in a swampy are against a tree.  Mr. Rogan was transported to Plymouth Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash and later transported to Memorial Hospital in Mishawaka for further treatment.  Officer Laffoon was assisted at the scene by Argos Police, Fire and EMS.

Larry Snyder was dispatched to US 30 and Rose Road at 6:39 Sunday morning for a single vehicle crash.  A 1985 Ford F-150 was traveling east on US 30 when the driver, 62 year old Michael Landau of Oregon lost control of the vehicle.  The truck left the road on the south side going sown a small embankment and rolling over several times before coming to rest on the driver’s side.  Landau was using his safety belt and had to be removed from the vehicle by Plymouth Fire and EMS.  He was transported to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth for pain to the leg, back and neck.

Officer Snyder then investigated a single vehicle crash on Plymouth/Goshen Trail near Miami Highway. A 1993 Chevy Cavalier driven by 24 year old Whitney Bope of Bremen that was east bound on Plymouth/Goshen when she lost control on the icy roadway going off the road and struck a string of guy wires for a utility pole.  Bope was wearing a seat belt and had no injuries.  The Cavalier was drivable following the crash.

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