2 men die in wrecks
Two men have died in separate vehicle wrecks.
Yesterday morning, Ralph A. Cochran, 50, of Marengo, died in Corydon when he was run over by a wood chipper that was hitched to a truck being driven by a co-worker.
Officer Marty McClanahan of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. said Cochran and the other man were fueling equipment owned by Townsend Tree Service shortly before 8 a.m. at the Marathon service station on Quarry Road in north Corydon.
The pickup, with its gas tank on the right, had been fueled, and the driver, who was not identified, was going to turn the truck and chipper around so the chipper’s fuel tank would be on the gas pump side for fueling.
Police believe Cochran misunderstood and started between the two vehicles as the driver moved the equipment.
Harrison County Coroner Chad Cesar said Cochran died of massive head and chest injuries.
STATCARE air ambulance was called and arrived at the scene, but it was too late.
Funeral arrangements were unavailable yesterday for Cochran.
Early Sunday morning, Robert Russell (Rusty) Logsdon, 21, Corydon, was killed when his vehicle collided with an oncoming vehicle on S.R. 335 near Tee Road north of Corydon.
Logsdon’s Mazda 626 crashed into the passenger side of a Toyota Rav 4, according to Officer Michael Kurz of the sheriff’s department.
The coroner said Logsdon died of a broken neck at the scene.
Kurz said the crash occurred about 1:35 a.m. Sunday. Logsdon was traveling west on S.R. 335 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road for an unknown reason, police said.
Logsdon overcompensated, sending the vehicle into the path of the oncoming car driven by Trevor L. Smith, 28, Ramsey, Kurz said.
Smith and a passenger in his car, Christopher P. Rowley, 26, New Salisbury, were taken by ambulance to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, Smith for serious injuries and Rowley for minor bleeding and abrasions, Kurz said.
Logsdon was a native of Corydon, born March 27, 1983, the son of William Thomas Logsdon of Corydon and Cathy Higgins of Jeffersonville.
He was employed at UPS in Louisville. He was a member of House of Christian Fellowship in Louisville.
Survivors besides his parents include a brother, Tommy Logsdon of New Salisbury; two sisters, Gina Hensley of Lanesville and Kristi Willis of Georgetown, and his grandmother, Shirley Hensley of Louisville.
Visitation was yesterday and will be today (Wednesday) after 8 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.
The funeral will be today at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon. The Revs. Terry Atherton and Rob Hensley will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Scott Bentsen, Nicholas Pauley, Jacob Crowley, Nick Rhodes, Scott Overall and Darrell Ward III.