LOGANSPORT — A Monticello man was killed early Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Logansport.
According to police, Brian Thomas, 44, of Monticello, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of US 35 near 18th Street around 1:30 a.m. when he collided with a semi-tractor trailer driven by Jerry W. Wright, 39, of Lafayette.
Thomas’ car then caught on fire, according to police reports.
Emergency personnel and officers with the Logansport Police Department were dispatched to the scene. The Logansport Fire Department extinguished the fire before extricating Thomas from the vehicle.
Thomas was flown to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was later pronounced dead from his undisclosed injuries.
Wright suffered no injuries, according to police.
The southbound lanes of US 35 were closed for about three hours Friday morning while police worked the scene. Police said the crash is still under investigation.
Thomas, born Dec. 3, 1974, in Logansport, was a chemistry teacher and former tennis coach at Rossville Consolidated Schools, where he worked since 2014. He had previously taught at Lewis Cass High School, where he had served as a tennis coach.
Thomas was a 1993 graduate of Lewis Cass High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2001 from Indiana University-Kokomo, and a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from Ball State University.
Thomas’ obituary states he “loved sports and enjoyed working as a football referee, as well as a volleyball and swimming official.” He also worked as a bartender at Shooters in Logansport.
A funeral service for Thomas is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Road, Logansport. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Nov. 7 prior to the funeral home prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Logansport Children’s Choir or the Logansport Music Boosters Association.
Thomas leaves behind two children, Trey Thomas and Kelsey Thomas, both of Logansport.