Fatal Collision On U.S. 33

CELINA — An Indiana man died as a result of a collision on U.S. 33 Saturday morning.

According a report from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a 911 call at 11:47 a.m. Saturday reporting a two-vehicle collision along U.S. 33, between Palmer Road and U.S. 127. Adam Hamilton,26, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was driving westbound on U.S. 33 in a 2013 Nissan. Joshua Angel, 35, Fort Wayne, Ind., was driving eastbound on U.S. 33 in a 2003 Volvo. 

Hamilton attempted to pass a semi tractor-trailer just west of the intersection of Palmer Road. Both Hamilton and Angel took evasive action swerving into the ditch on the south side of U.S. 33.  The two vehicles collided head on in the ditch.  Frontal and side impact air bags deployed in both vehicles. All occupants were wearing seat belts. The crash remains under investigation.

 Hamilton was the sole occupant of his vehicle.  Angel, was accompanied by his wife, Christine, 34, same address and three children, Ellijah, 4, Jonah, 5, and Isaac, 8.

Hamilton was transported by Rockford EMS to Van County Hospital where he was transferred to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne by helicopter, he died from his injuries shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Angel’s family was transported by Rockford EMS and Celina EMS to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, where Joshua and Christine Angel were transferred to Parkway Hospital in Fort Wayne by helicopter.

The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Mendon and Rockford Fire Departments and members of MCERV handled the traffic detour, and U.S. 33 was closed for approximately four hours.