Indiana State Police Investigating Fatal Crash Near Salem

(SALEM) – Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal crash after two vehicles collided head-on, west of Salem.

The crash was reported at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.

ISP troopers, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation officers and Salem Fire Department firefighters responded to the crash on State Road 60, near Abbott Lane.

When officers arrived they determined it was a fatal crash and an ISP reconstruction team was dispatched to the scene. 

Officers believe a purple 1993 Saturn SC2 passenger car driven by 57-year-old Jerry Mosier, of Salem, was traveling west on State Road 60.

At the same time, a black 2018 Jeep SUV, driven by Mark Cochran, of Bedford, was eastbound approaching the same location. 

For an unknown reason, Mosier’s Saturn crossed the center line and collided head-on with Cochran’s Jeep. 

After impact, Mosier’s Saturn came to a stop in the middle of State Road 60, and Cochran’s Jeep spun and came to a stop on the north side of the roadway. 

Washington County EMS transported Cochran to University Hospital in Louisville with serious injuries. 

Mosier was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner.

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.