Two-vehicle crash claims one life in Decatur County

A Westport resident was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Decatur County.

Indiana State Police (ISP) Spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says that at approximately 7:37 a.m., ISP Troopers and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash on State Road 3 at Main Street in Westport. According to the initial investigation, Wheeles says that a car being driven by 80-year-old Richard E. LaFlower was traveling east on Main Street in Westport when he tried to turn northbound onto State Road 3. Investigators say that LaFlower turned into the path of a southbound vehicle being driven by 42-year-old Michael K. Martin, of North Vernon. Wheeles says that the vehicles collided nearly head-on.

Wheeles says that LaFlower was taken to Decatur County Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Investigators say that both Martin, and a 17-year-old passenger in his vehicle, were transported to Decatur County Memorial Hospital with what are being called “non-life threatening injuries.”

ISP say that State Road 3 was closed at the crash site for about an hour for investigation and cleanup work.