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A Whitley County Police officer was critically injured when his squad car crashed while he was responding to a call Saturday night.

Sheriff's Department Reserve Officer Adam D. Schrader, 30, was in critical condition after the crash, which happened at about 3 a.m. Schrader was responding to an emergency report of a drug overdose when, while eastbound on Whitley CR 275 N, he came to a T intersection with 350 W and was unable to make a turn.

The 2006 Ford Schrader was driving crossed the intersection, then struck several trees and an earth embankment.

When Schrader failed to arrive at the call other officers became concerned. Luckily he had reported to dispatchers where he was responding from, so Indiana State Police trooper Joel Lemmon backtracked over the most likely route and discovered the wreckage at about 3:20 a.m.

Firefighters and medics freed Schrader from the wreckage and treated him before he was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was taken into surgery for multiple injuries. He was reportedly in intensive care over the weekend, but his condition had stabilized.

Police say Schrader, an 8 year police veteran, was wearing a safety belt, and that the Crown Victoria's airbags deployed.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Oh no! I hope he pulls through OK.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
Last time I checked he was stable, but it looks like he's facing some extra surgeries ...
Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
Do you know him personally?
Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
No, although I've met his dad (who's also a cop). I was working when it happened, though -- we all tensed up when the state police dispatcher toned out the crash, because I know that guy and I'd never heard him sound so upset before.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
He's in my prayers now man, thanks for the heads up.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, much appreciated.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
I wish him well, and a speedy recovery. Will pray for him.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, much appreciated; he'll have a long recovery process.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
My prayers are with him. :-(
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! That sounds very nasty - I hope he'll be OK.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I just checked; there are some signs that he's coming around, but he's got some bleeding in the brain so they're keeping a close eye on things.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I shall, for justice.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Thanks ...
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