NEW BUFFALO — A Valparaiso, Ind., man was ejected from his vehicle after going off eastbound U.S. 12 near Forest Beach Road in New Buffalo Township at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, March 19.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office reported that the 42-year-old driver was transported by Medic 1 Ambulance to Franciscan Hospital in LaPorte, and later transferred to Memorial Hospital in Mishawaka for treatment of serious injuries.

According to a March 19 Sheriff's Office press release, witnesses said a brown Nissan Titan truck went off the road to the right, striking a road sign, a mail box, several trees and entering a ditch before coming to rest in an eastbound lane of U.S. 12. The driver and sole occupant was ejected from the vehicle during the accident.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.

Agencies responding to the incident included: The Berrien County Sheriff's Office New Buffalo Township; the New Buffalo City Police Department; the Pokagon Tribal Police Department; the New Buffalo Township Fire Department; and Medic 1 Ambulance.

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