Fatality in early morning accident

The driver of a 1992 Saturn, Earl Coppock, age 30, was northbound when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and struck an REMC utility pole on the west side of the roadway. He was fatally injured, while his passenger, 39-year-old Allen Taylor of Columbia City, sustained only minor injuries.

Several residences in the area were without power as a result of the accident.

Whitley County Deputies were assisted by Churubusco Police, Smith Township Fire Department and Whitley County EMS.

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