On July 16, 2022, at approximately 6:00 pm, the Fulton County Sheriffs' Office received multiple 911 calls reporting a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of US 31 and Old US Hwy 31. It was being reported that one vehicle rolled over and the other had caught fire.
During the investigation at the scene, it was learned that a 2005 GMC driven by Walter Emery (43) of Chicago, IL was traveling southbound. This vehicle rear-ended a 2016 Chevrolet driven by Kevin Burns (35) of McCordsville, IN. The impact made both vehicles lose control and both left the road on the southwest side of the intersection. Several people at the scene stated that they observed the GMC pass
by them at a high rate of speed prior to the accident.
The GMC left the road and collided head-on into a utility pole. After the impact, the vehicle caught fire. Four people who saw the vehicle start to catch fire stopped and pulled Mr. Walter from the vehicle to safety. Mr. Walter was later flown from the scene to Lutheran Hospital in Ft Wayne, IN for treatment of his injuries.
The Chevrolet left the roadway and down an embankment. The vehicle then rolled over at least once before coming to rest on its top. All five occupants of this vehicle were taken to Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, IN for treatment. There were no serious injuries to any of the occupants of this vehicle.
The accident is still under investigation. It is believed that high speed was a contributing factor to the cause of the accident.
Assisting agencies at the scene were Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Rochester Fire Department, Lutheran EMS, Lutheran Air, and Argos EMS.
A special thank you to the four brave people who assisted in pulling Mr. Walter from the vehicle when it caught fire. Aaron Nelson (Rochester, IN), Brandon Arven (Macy, IN), Donovan Moistner (Sheridan, IN), and Brandon Kinser (Fulton, IN).