Bluffton woman killed in Adams County crash on SR 124, 5 seriously injured

Investigators believe a driver who disregarded a stop sign on an Indiana highway contributed to a fatal crash that left one woman dead and several other seriously injured Friday night in rural Adams County.

Posted: Feb 20, 2021 7:48 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2021 1:21 PM

FRENCH TOWNSHIP, Ind. (WFFT) — Investigators believe a driver who disregarded a stop sign on an Indiana highway contributed to a fatal crash that left one woman dead and several others seriously injured Friday night in rural Adams County.

On Friday, just after 8:30 p.m., deputies of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded dispatched to the report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 124 and County Road 700 West.

Upon arrival, deputies say they found a 2013 red Chevrolet Malibu and a Silver 2004 Oldsmobile Van, both off the roadway with heavy damage.

Investigators say the driver of the Malibu was going northbound on C.R. 700 W when the driver disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of S.R. 124.

They say the Malibu entered onto S.R. 124 and was then struck by the Oldsmobile which was traveling eastbound.

Authorities say a passenger of the Oldsmobile who died from their injuries from the crash has been identified as 67-year-old Ruth E. Reed of Bluffton.

The driver of the Malibu was identified as a 22-year-old man from Decatur.

The Monroe Fire Department had to extricate three people from the Oldsmobile who were trapped inside because of the crash.

The driver of the Malibu and the three passengers were transported to a local hospital, all with serious injuries.

The driver of the Oldsmobile was identified as a 43-year-old man from Bluffton.

ACSD says all notifications to the families involved have been made and their investigation is still ongoing.

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