Eau Claire woman killed in three-vehicle crash in Berrien County

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An Eau Claire woman was killed in a crash involving three vehicles in Berrien County.

The collision happened around 11:20 a.m. on Monday, March 19, at the intersection of M-139 Hwy and Hinchman Road in Oronoko Township when a vehicle driven by Karen Lou Johns, 61, was struck from behind by a pick-up truck driven by a 17-year-old Berrien Springs boy, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.

The force of the collision pushed John’s car into the oncoming lane and it was hit by a transport bus.

Johns was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. The injuries to those in the other vehicles were described as minor.

The accident remains under investigation by the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department and Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit.

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