Local News

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT072414 shrek2.jpg Cast of believers: Children take stage this weekend As almost 50 children and teenagers crowded around the edge of the stage at McHale Performing Arts Center, Dan McDonald counted off: one, two, three... “I believe!”It was the start of tech rehearsal for Junior Civic Theater’s production of “Shrek: Th

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Higher expenses hurt new farmers The rising cost of farming expenses is making it tougher for young farmers to get into agriculture, according to a national census. The Census of Agriculture released its 2012 data in May, which gave information on the scope of American farming.The s

    July 24, 2014

  • Peru dam [Duplicate] Who should fix the Peru dams? PERU -- Who has jurisdiction over six dams located in the Hidden Hills housing addition just north of Peru, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources or the people who own the land? It's a question with a lot riding on it -- more than $1.5 million,

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCCF issues grant deadline reminder The Cass County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant proposals for the previously announced pool of $93,000, according to a press release from the foundation.The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Non-profit, 501(c)(3)

    July 24, 2014

  • Police Blotter: July 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT072314 Delphi Play2.jpg 'Under the sea': Delphi children ready for musical DELPHI — Young actors and actresses will tell the story of a young mermaid dreaming about being human in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” this weekend.The Stargazers Children’s Theatre, a program through Delphi’s public library, is presenting the mu

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS-PT072314 Matthew Shuey mugshot - CLG [Duplicate] Police: Peru man punched officer in the face PERU — A 51-year-old Peru man was arrested after flipping off a police officer and punching him in the nose.According to court documents released Tuesday, Peru Officer Matthew Feller was on patrol Friday when he observed Matt Shuey lean out his car w

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana’s overthrown gay marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state’s appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference.Those representing gay

    July 23, 2014

  • Police Blotter: July 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 22, 2014

  • One dead, one seriously injured in crash on Division Road

    A Logansport man was killed and another was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Monday on Division Road.

    July 22, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

The Pence administration continues to cut Indiana agency budgets despite a state surplus of $2 billion. Is this wise management of state funds?

Not sure
     View Results