Knox man killed, La Porte man injured in U.S. 35 head-on crash


A Knox man was killed and a La Porte man was injured in a head-on crash on north U.S. 35 Monday morning, April 26.

According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, Corbin Gayheart, 51, of Knox, was driving a Volkswagen in the 3900 north block of U.S. 35, Center Township, at about 11:45 a.m. when his northbound car crossed the center line and hit a southbound Dodge pickup truck driven by Michael Meyer, 55, of La Porte. The pickup was pulling a trailer.

Gayheart was pronounced dead at the scene. Meyer was trapped in his truck and required extrication. La Porte EMS then transported him to a hospital.

U.S. 35 was closed in both directions for about 3 1/2 hours for the crash investigation, debris field cleanup and removal of the vehicles.

Toxicology test results are pending, according to the sheriff’s office.

Those responding and assisting included sheriff’s deputies Wade Wallace, Ken Etchison, Andy Morse and Jonathon Sikorski; Captains Derek Allen and Dallas Smythe; Sergeant Jeff Wright; La Porte County EMS; La Porte County Coroner’s Office; La Porte County HAZMAT; Indiana Department of Transportation; Center and Springfield townships volunteer fire departments; Dave’s Garage; and Ace Auto Services.

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