The Indiana State Police is investigating a fatal crash after two vehicles collided head-on west of Salem, leaving a 57-year-old Salem man dead.
Jerry Edward Mosier, 57, of Salem, Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner.
State Road 60 was closed for about three hours while traffic was diverted and police investigated the crash.
Around 4:10 Tuesday afternoon, officers from the Indiana State Police (ISP), the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, and the Salem Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 60 just west of Salem near Abbott Lane.
When officers arrived, the crash was determined to be a fatal crash, and an ISP reconstruction team was dispatched to the scene.
As a result of the preliminary investigation, officers believe a purple 1993 Saturn SC2 passenger car driven by Mosier was westbound on State Road 60 in the area of Abbott Lane.
A black 2018 Jeep SUV, driven by Mark Cochran of Bedford, Indiana, was eastbound approaching the same location. For an unknown reason, the Saturn crossed over the centerline and collided head-on with the Jeep.
After impact, the Saturn came to rest in the middle of State Road 60, and the black Jeep spun and came to rest on the north side of the roadway.
Washington County EMS transported Mark Cochran to University Hospital in Louisville with serious injuries.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash; however, toxicology reports are pending.
State Road 60 was closed from the time of the crash until approximately 7:15 p.m., and traffic was diverted onto area roads