Dowagiac man hospitalized after Saturday morning crash

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP – A Dowagiac man was hospitalized after being involved in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.

According to Sheriff Richard J. Behnke, deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a two-vehicle crash at 12:26 a.m.

The crash occurred at M62 Highway and Brownsville Street in Jefferson Township.

According to deputies’ investigation, a small bus being driven by South Bend resident, Mohdjamal Al-Khalil, 65, failed to yield right-of-way to another oncoming vehicle, driven by Dowagiac resident Thomas Poling, 64. Al-Khalil was reportedly attempting to cross M62 Highway on Hospital Street/Brownsville Street, and pulled in front of Poling, who was northbound on M62 Highway.

Poling was transported to a hospital for injuries from the crash. Al-Khalil was not injured.

According to deputies, both drivers were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Assisting agencies on the scene were the Cassopolis Area Fire Department and PrideCare Ambulance.

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