Police: Alcohol, drugs factors in critical crash

Firefighters had to pull out the driver of the vehicle after the crash.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man is in critical condition after a single vehicle crash Friday night on the city’s southside, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department. The crash happened around 10:22 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Lafayette Street.

Officers found the driver conscious but trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters with the Fort Wayne Fire Department helped take him out of the vehicle. Paramedics took the driver was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Initial reports show that the driver was traveling southbound on S. Lafayette before the crash, according to investigators. Witnesses told police that the vehicle never braked and left the west side of the road for an unknown reason. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle rolled at least once, hit two utility poles and a utility box. Witnesses also told investigators that a passenger fled from the crash on foot. Alcohol and drugs were factors in the crash, police said.

The southbound lane of S. Lafayette was closed to all traffic while investigators worked the scene and collected evidence.


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