Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 13, 2013

3-car pileup shuts down U.S. 31

Woman rear-ends vehicles stopped at traffic light, police say.

By Carson Gerber
MC Weekly

---- — A 67-year-old woman caused a three-car pileup Sunday on U.S. 31 after she slammed into a car stopped at a traffic light, police say.

Two drivers said they had stopped at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Ind. 218 just after noon because the traffic light was not working and they were treating it as four-way stop, according to a sheriff’s report.

Corine J. Stetler, 67, Mulberry, told deputies she briefly looked away and didn’t see the stopped cars before she slammed into the rear of one, which caused that car to smash into the vehicle in front of it.

Stetler also told deputies a glare from the sun impaired her vision.

Due to the traffic signal not working, there were already two emergency management officers with vehicles on scene with emergency lights activated. EMA officials had erected a temporary stop sign for the eastbound 218 traffic to stop at U.S. 31.

Stetler was transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital with a complaint of pain. The drivers of the other vehicles declined medical treatment.

Two cars, including Stetler’s, were towed from the scene. Deputies estimated the total damage to all the vehicles at between $10,000 and $25,000.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.