Air bags deploy in car-vs-SUV collision

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — All occupants were checked by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services after a car-versus-SUV collision Wednesday morning at State Road 162 and 23rd Street/State Road 264 on Ferdinand’s north side.

Abigail R. Eckert, 17, Schnellville, was eastbound, stopped at State Road 162, and intending to continue east on State Road 264 in a 2013 Toyota Camry at the time of the 7:54 a.m. accident, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

While proceeding, police said, Eckert drove into the path of a northbound 2017 Dodge Durango driven by Felicia Buechler, 26, Ferdinand.

The Buechler SUV struck the passenger-side rear wheel area of the Eckert Camry, spinning it into a stop sign owned by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

All four occupants in the Eckert vehicle were juveniles, police said, adding that none had visible injuries from the accident.

Police also said air bags deployed in the Buechler Durango.

The fact that air bags deployed and all vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts were cited as factors in personal injuries being avoided.

Memorial EMS checked all vehicle occupants, police said.

Factors in the accident included Eckert’s failure to yield and poor visibility because of rainy conditions at the time, police reported.

Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department first responders and a Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted, as did private citizens prior to the arrival of public safety personnel. The citizens assisted people involved in the crash and helped direct traffic, police indicated.

No tickets were issued, although Eckert was placed at fault.

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