Updated: One dead after early morning crash on U.S. 31

An accident early Thursday morning on U.S. 31 in Bartholomew County left one person dead.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the scene of the two vehicle crash at about 4:55 this morning in the area of U.S. 31 and County Road 100S. When deputies arrived one driver, 72-year-old Gerald Henry, Columbus, had already died at the scene.

The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office reports that his cause of death was blunt force trauma the head and chest.

The other driver was taken by paramedics to Columbus Regional Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The names of the second victim not yet been released. A crash reconstructionist was called to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Columbus Police and Columbus Township Fire & Rescue Department assisted deputies at the scene.