Editor’s note: The following is a reprint of an article published in a 2004 edition of the Churubusco News.
CHURUBUSCO — The driver of a vehicle involved in a collision near Churubusco helped rescue the driver of the second car after it caught fire in June 2004.
Caleb Wilson, 17, is credited along with a second person for breaking a window to help 16-year-old Jason Stahlhut get out of his car, which burst into flames after the two cars collided at the intersection of county roads 500E and 300S in Noble County. Police said failure to yield cased the crash, in which Wilson’s westbound car crossed into the intersection just as Stahlhut’s car crested a hill from the south. Stahlhut said he swerved left, but was struck and then hit an earth embankment before coming to a stop. Stahlhut, of Churubusco, suffered a minor arm injury in the incident, while Wilson, of Columbia City, complained of neck pain.
Estimated damage to Stahlhut’s 1994 Pontiac Bonneville and Wilson’s 1994 Olds Cutlass was $10,000-$25,000.