46-year-old Salem man killed in early morning crash

46-year-old Salem man killed in early morning crash


Early Saturday morning, at approximately 12:04 a.m. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to State Road 135 North, near Spurgeon Road, in reference to a two-vehicle crash with injuries and entrapment.

Also responding was the Salem Fire Department and Washington County E.M.S..

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, evidence at the scene indicated that a 2017 Chevy Silverado was being driven North bound by Harley Gilstrap, age 43 of Salem, when it collided with a South bound 2001 Chevy Silverado that was driven by Tony Mitchell, age 46 of Salem.

Mitchell was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Gilstrap was flown to U of L Hospital by air ambulance for treatment of serious injuries.

Crash reconstructionist from the Indiana State Police were called to the scene to assist with the investigation. The highway was closed for more than five hours while the crash scene was being investigated.

Deputy Lucas Gray is the lead investigator and was assisted by Sheriff Brent Miller, Deputy Tory Hildreth, the Washington County Coroner’s Office and the departments previously mentioned.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation at this time.