New York Man Cited In Three Vehicle Crash On I-69
By: Sheila McCrea/Mike Stiles - Monday, July 19, 2021

(photo courtesy of Steuben County Sheriffs Department)

(ANGOLA) – A New York resident has been cited for his involvement in a three vehicle crash on I-69.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Department says deputies were dispatched to the northbound lanes of I-69 near the 346 Mile Marker just before 5:30 PM on Friday. The initial reports said there was a multi-vehicle accident involving a semi-tractor trailer and a van, with the van on fire. Fire and EMS were also sent to the scene.

The first units arrived and quickly determined that three vehicles had been involved in the crash. The investigation discovered that 29 year old Nai Ye Koko of Troy, New York was driving his semi north, and was following a van, driven by 46 year old Nathan Hadfield of Coldwater. Deputies say the northbound traffic started to slow down, due to the number of vehicles and lane restrictions. Koko's vehicle struck the rear of Hadfield's van because it was following too closely and because of unsafe speeds.

Hadfield's van burst into flames, and the vehicle was pushed into the rear of an SUV, driven by 61 year old John Neal of Wilmington, Ohio.

Because of the crash, Koko suffered some neck pain, Hadfield had a cut to his head, and Neal had back pain. All three drivers were taken to Cameron Memorial Hospital to be treated. The drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Koko was cited for following too close and was issued a written warning for unsafe speed. The crash is still under investigation.

Also assisting at the scene were the Angola Police, Angola Fire Rescue and the Indiana State Police.


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