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PERU – A Kokomo man and his passenger sustained injuries Saturday morning when their vehicle caught fire after crashing into a tree near Grissom Air Reserve Base.

Tavaris Greene, 26, was driving a 2013 Dodge Durango west on Hoosier Boulevard just west of U.S. 31 at around 5:47 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve.

The vehicle left the west side of the roadway and struck a utility guide wire before striking a tree and coming to rest, according to an accident report. The vehicle then caught fire.

Greene was airlifted from the scene and transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne with injuries to his hip and upper leg. He was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon.

A passenger, Kevin Walker, 33, Peru, was transported to St. Vincent Kokomo by ambulance with injuries to his lower leg and foot.

Deputies said an odor of alcohol was coming from Greene, but no test could be obtained due to his injuries. The Miami County Prosecutor’s Office will decide whether to subpoena Greene’s medical records following the crash, according to the accident report.

Deputies continue to investigate the incident.

Another Kokomo man was involved in a separate crash with injuries Saturday afternoon after deputies say he hit a vehicle on U.S. 31.

John Williamson was driving east on 1400 South at around 4:44 p.m. in a 2012 black Mazda when he crossed U.S. 31 and struck Donald Heichel, of Walkerton, who was driving north on U.S. 31. Injuries were reported, according a calls-for-service report from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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Carson Gerber is a reporter for the Kokomo Tribune and can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.