Emergency personnel work to free the vehicle trapped under the semi rig after Tuesday evening's double-fatal accident on Ind. 15, at the CR 950 S intersection. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Emergency personnel work to free the vehicle trapped under the semi rig after Tuesday evening's double-fatal accident on Ind. 15, at the CR 950 S intersection. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY – Two crashes in two towns Tuesday night left two people dead and another seriously injured.

At 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, multiple agencies responded to the intersection of Ind. 15 and CR 950S for a collision involving an SUV and a semi.

The preliminary results of the investigation, conducted by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Fatal Team, indicate that a westbound 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Shelby B. Hogle, 18, of Warsaw, was struck by a southbound 2016 Freightliner semi-tractor towing an enclosed trailer.

Javaris Tubbs, 34, of Greensboro, Ala., was identified as the driver of the Freightliner, according to Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Francis.

After the semi struck the passenger side of the SUV, both vehicles left the west side of Ind. 15, south of CR 950S. The SUV was pinned underneath the semi, which came to a rest on its passenger side.

Crouse Wrecker Service and NIPSCO were requested to expedite their response to the scene to assist with the extrication.

Hogle and her front seat passenger, Zachery Stavedahl, 21, of Warsaw, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office.

Tubbs was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital by the Parkview Samaritan Air Ambulance for the treatment of abdominal and pelvic injuries.

The crash is under investigation by the Fatal Team.

Before first responders had even left the first crash in Silver Lake, another serious collision occurred in Pierceton.

At 7:56 p.m. Tuesday additional first responders were called to the intersection of U.S. 30 and Ind. 13 for a three-vehicle collision in the westbound lanes of the highway.

The preliminary results of the investigation indicate that Emerson C. Butts, 31, of Warsaw, was traveling west on U.S. 30, approaching Ind. 13, driving a 2008 Kia Sorento. Butts struck the rear of a 2019 Ford Ranger driven by Mason Metzinger, 22, of Warsaw, which was stopped at Ind. 13 in the left-hand travel lane of U.S. 30.

A 2017 Chevrolet Express, driven by Maranda Taylor, 42, of Monterey, Ind., was struck while stopped in the left-hand turn lane.

Butts’ vehicle caught fire and he was removed from the burning vehicle by passersby, according to Francis.

Metzinger and Taylor were taken by ambulance to Warsaw hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Butts was in serious condition and taken to a Fort Wayne hospital. His condition is currently unknown.

The crash is under investigation by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Fatal Team.