Woman airlifted from Cass County crash

An Elkhart woman was airlifted to a South Bend hospital following a two car collision in Penn Township early Tuesday morning, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Melinda Pebley, 49, was transported by a MedFlight helicopter to South Bend Memorial Hospital after being extracted from her vehicle by rescue crews with the Penn Township Fire Department.

According to police, the accident occurred at the intersection of M-60 and Calvin Center Road around 6:35 a.m.

A Saturn Ion, driven by Pebley, was turning left onto M-60 from Calvin Center when she failed to yield the right-of-way to an eastbound Ford F-150, driven by 27-year-old Phillip Cleary, of Niles.

The vehicles collided at the intersection, with Pebley’s vehicle leaving the roadway, coming to a rest in a yard on the northeast corner of the intersection.

The passenger in Pebley’s vehicle, 26-year-old Paul DeMeyer, of Elkhart, refused medical treatment on the scene.

Cleary sustained minor damage in the crash but also refused on-scene treatment.

All parties involved were wearing seatbelts, and police do not believe alcohol was a factor.

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