Driver dies in crash on 131

PARK TWP. — A 51-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 131 Monday afternoon.

According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, at 2:14 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on southbound U.S. 131 between Heimbach Road and Moorepark Road in Park Township. The first arriving deputies on the scene reportedly located a Chevrolet Tahoe which was traveling southbound when it lost control, left the roadway to right, rolled over and struck several trees. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 51-year-old male, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

Witnesses reported the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and attempting to pass or avoid a combine when the vehicle lost control. Deputies are awaiting the results of an autopsy but at this time alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Seatbelts were not worn in the accident. The driver’s name is being withheld pending family notification.

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