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Wednesday morning accident on Route 1 takes life of Mt. Carmel woman

An early morning accident Wednesday claimed the life of a Mt. Carmel woman.  At 6:43 am, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle accident on Rt. 1 just south of the Sugar Creek subdivision.

According to the Wabash County Coroner’s Office, 60 year old Paula Baumgart was travelling south when her vehicle left the road after hitting standing water.  Baumgart’s vehicle struck several trees travelling down an embankment and came to rest upright at the bottom of the ditch.

Baumgart was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel, but received fatal injuries in the crash.

The Mt. Carmel Fire Department, Mt. Carmel Police Department, Wabash General Ambulance Service, and Wabash County Coroner all assisted the Sheriff’s Department at the scene.