John Steinbach, 52, of Fort Wayne, had to be extricated from his car after it crashed into an SUV driven by 20 year old Jacyln Felty of Goshen, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Felty was reportedly northbound on US 33 at about 8:13 p.m. when she lost control due to slippery road conditions. Her 1998 Chevy Tahoe crossed into the southbound lane of the highway near CR 650W, where it ran head on into Steinbach's oncoming 2005 Ford Focus.
Felty was uninjured, but Steinbach was reportedly trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle and had to be freed by Cromwell firefighters using extrication equipment. He was taken by ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was treated for injuries including possible head trauma.
Units responded to the crash from the Sheriff's Department, Ligonier Police Department, Noble County EMS, and Cromwell Fire Department.
It was one of several weather related accidents reported on the west side of Noble County Thursday, including two others involving personal injury: A passenger suffered a minor hand injury after an SUV rolled over near county roads 200N and 650 W, and a driver complained of back pains after hitting a utility pole on SR 109, near 200S.
The crashes came two days after two West Noble High School seniors were killed in separate crashed on US 33; one of those crashes was only about a mile north of the one that injured Steinbach.