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November 4, 2011

Two killed in head-on wreck

Two others injured when car collides with semi on Ind. 25

LOGANSPORT — Two South Bend residents were killed in a Wednesday morning wreck south of Logansport.

Gustave V. Geisleman, 36, and Benjamin J. Smith, 19, were pronounced dead at the scene after a wreck between a car and a semi on Ind. 25 just before 2:30 a.m., according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

Both Geisleman, who was the driver, and Smith were in the car. Two other passengers in the car were also injured and taken to Logansport Memorial Hospital. The driver of the semi was not injured, a news release states.

Investigators reported they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash..

According to the release, the car, a 1995 Volvo, was northbound on Ind. 25 just north of 300 South when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck the semi nearly head on.

Crews had to free Geisleman and Smith from the wreckage, the release states.

Passengers Philip M. Evans, 24, Plymouth, and Neil Crum, 35, Elkhart, were taken to LMH. Evans had head injuries, while Crum, who owned the car, had injuries to his left shoulder, according to the release. Their conditions were unknown Thursday night, as the hospital’s policy is to not release condition information on patients.

Sheriff Randy Pryor said those in the car were stagehands coming back from Purdue University after a long day of work.

The semi, which was empty at the time of the crash, was driven by James K. McCollum of Atwood, Ill.

The highway was closed for four hours after the wreck, as crews removed the vehicles and cleaned up a diesel fuel spill after the semi’s fuel tank ruptured.

The crash remains under investigation.

This was the third multiple-fatality crash in Cass County since August. A wreck near Metea on Aug. 18 killed two Rochester residents. On Sept. 10, three teens died in a crash in Royal Center.

It was also the second recent multiple-fatality wreck on Ind. 25 between Logansport and Delphi. Two Logansport teens died in a crash Sept. 25 on the stretch of highway in Carroll County.

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