Speed, perhaps medical event may have caused Steuben County crash

STEUBEN CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Police in Steuben County say speed or even a medical event may have been factors in a crash on Tuesday morning.

Officials say a 70-year-old man had to be taken to the hospital after running off SR 127.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department released the following regarding the crash:

“On 03/02/2021 just before 9:15 am, Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of SR 127 near CR 400 N in rural Pleasant Township for reported personal injury vehicle crash. When Sheriff’s deputies first arrived, they located a vehicle off of the west side of the roadway down a steep embankment.

Initial crash scene investigation indicated that the vehicle, a silver 2006 Chevy Impala driven by 70 year old Daniel J. Worthman of Fremont had been traveling northbound on SR 127 at a high rate of speed when the vehicle drifted off of the east side of the roadway. It appeared that Worthman then over-corrected back to the west causing his vehicle to slide out of control and travel off of the west side of SR 127 and down the steep embankment.

Worthman suffered lacerations to the facial area and was transported by ambulance to a Fort Wayne area hospital in serious condition. Seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash and airbags did not deploy.

The weather was clear and the roadway was dry at the time of the crash. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash however, there is a possibility of a medical event prior to the crash due to the erratic driving. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were Angola Police, Angola Fire Rescue, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, and Steuben County EMS.”