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One dead, two hospitalized in Decatur County crash

A fatal car crash happened Saturday in Decatur County.

At approximately 2:40 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on State Route 46 near County Road 750 West.

The initial investigation indicated that a white 2006 Honda Odyssey mini-van being driven by Wanda Lutane, 61, Columbus, Indiana was traveling westbound on State Route 46 near County Road 750 West.  For an unknown reason, Lutane’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of an eastbound gray 2015 Toyota Camry, being driven by Maria Verona Garcia, age 42, West Palm Beach, Florida.

The vehicles collided head-on in the eastbound lane of State Route 46.  Garcia’s vehicle overturned.  Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway, entrapping all occupants.

Garcia sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Decatur County Coroner’s Office.

Lutane was transported by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana for treatment of serious injuries.

A passenger in Garcia’s vehicle, Koceila Chaouadi, age 33, Columbus, Indiana was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.  Toxicology results are pending.  The investigation is ongoing.

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