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Friday night crash in Cass County

Ice was cited as the culprit of a two-vehicle accident over the weekend in Cass County’s Penn Township.

Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 11 p.m. Friday to the intersection of M-60 and Calvin Center Road.

Investigators said Noe Herrero, a 58-year-old Elkhart resident, was unable to stop his vehicle on Calvin Center Road due to the ice-covered roadway. Herrero’s car traveled through the intersection, where it crashed into a car driven on M-60 by Linda Namanja, 40, of South Bend.

Herrero’s vehicle proceeded through the intersection, struck a stop sign and came to rest in a field. Namanja, whose vehicle’s airbags deployed, also came to rest in a field adjacent to the intersection.

Two passengers in Herrero’s car, 36-year-old Iris Palacios and 29-year-old Ann Gladias, both of Elkhart, were not injured. Herrero declined medical treatment at the scene.

Namanja was evaluated by medical personnel and transported to Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital.

Authorities said seatbelts were worn and neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the incident.

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