The state’s transportation department and one of the highway contractors sued by a Carroll County couple involved in a crash at a Logansport exchange of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor are denying negligence in the building of the highway and responsibility of the plaintiff's damages.

Attorneys for the Indiana Department of Transportation and United Consulting Inc., a contractor for the highway, filed appearances and answers in Cass Circuit Court on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, respectively, pertaining to the lawsuit against them from Gene and Cathy Knight, of Carroll County, according to court documents.

The Knights were involved in a two-vehicle personal injury crash on July 14, 2014, at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Burlington Avenue, a part of the Hoosier Heartland interchange south of Logansport. The Knights are seeking damages from the state, United Consulting and Primco Inc., one of the highway contractors, for any medical, personal and lawsuit expenses.

INDOT and United Consulting are denying any negligence of failing to design, engineer, construct, mark or maintain the highway as well as any sort of “careless and/or reckless conduct” cited in the lawsuit from the entities that caused the Knights damages.

Primco has yet to file an answer in court. An attorney for the construction company made an appearance on Aug. 2, court records indicate, but asked for and was granted by the court an enlargement of time in the case.

Reach Ben Middelkamp at ben.middelkamp@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117.

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Ben Middelkamp is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He covers local education news as well as weekend events. He can be reached at ben.middelkamp@pharostribune.com or by phone at 574-732-5117.

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