CHURUBUSCO, Ind. — A Mike’s Express Carwash co-founder died and 16 other people were injured after a motor coach collided head-on with an SUV in northeastern Indiana.
The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department says the SUV was traveling on U.S. 33 about 15 miles northwest of Fort Wayne when it suddenly sped up, went left of center and collided with the bus about 11:15 a.m. Thursday.
Police say the driver of the SUV and his dog were killed. They say the bus went into a ditch, and about 16 of the approximately 40 passengers aboard went to hospitals with non-critical injuries.
The victim was identified by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department as 86-year-old Edward Dahm, who co-founded Mike’s Express Carwash with his brother Joe in 1948, according to WANE.
A spokesperson for the company issued this statement:
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that our Co-Founder, Ed Dahm, has passed away at the age of 86. Along with his brother, Joe, Ed was instrumental in making car washing what it is today in Indiana and always putting the customer first. He lived by the golden rule of “treat others the way you would want to be treated.” He followed this rule in life and in business. Ed’s influence helped shape the way we treat each other and our customers at Crew Carwash. He was a man of great faith and he has joined his wife, Linda, in heaven and as his children mentioned this evening, “his heart is full again.”
The bus owned by Barons Bus was traveling from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio.