Elkhart County-An Indiana State Trooper is lucky to have only suffered minor injuries following a crash on the US 20 Bypass in Elkhart County this morning around 8:00 a.m.
Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper James Zeser shows Master Trooper Geoffrey Gruber, a sixteen year veteran of the Indiana State Police, was working a single vehicle crash of a blue SUV that occurred westbound on the US 20 Bypass just west of US 33. Gruber was parked behind the SUV on the inside shoulder with his red and blue emergency lights activated when a black 1998 Honda driven by Inna Fox, age 19 of Goshen, IN, crashed into the back of Gruber’s fully-marked Dodge Charger.
Fox had been driving in the left lane when she purportedly slid on the ice before crashing into the back of Gruber’s Charger. Fox’s Honda then spun and crashed into the SUV from the earlier crash, eventually coming to a final rest in the right lane.
Gruber was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Fox was uninjured in the crash. The driver of the SUV was waiting in another vehicle in front of this crash and was not involved.
Westbound lanes of the US 20 Bypass were shut down for the crash investigation and treatment of the icy road surface.
Concord Township Fire Department, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Howards Towing, and County Line Towing assisted the Indiana State Police.