DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa – An Earlham man is dead after a vehicle rollover crash on I-80 Sunday and officials say another person died in an accident caused by traffic backed up from the initial incident.
The crash happened around 1:17 p.m. as a Corvette driven by 19-year-old Samuel Kasap was getting onto westbound I-80 from the De Soto on-ramp. The crash report from the Iowa State Patrol says the vehicle “accelerated to a high rate of speed” before the driver lost control.
The Corvette rolled over into the median and then over the cable barriers, coming to rest on the eastbound lanes of I-80. The driver and his passenger, 24-year-old Maximillian Kasap, were ejected from the vehicle.
Samuel Kasap was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger was transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with serious injuries. His current condition is not known.
The investigation into the crash continues but Sgt. Alex Dinkla with the Iowa State Patrol tells WHO 13 speed is believed to be a factor.
Sgt. Dinkla says a second crash, which was a result of traffic stopped because of the original accident, was fatal. It happened around 3:30 p.m. near the 115-mile marker on westbound I-80. A minivan rear-ended a tractor-trailer, which was stopped because of the previous crash. Dinkla says initial reports are there was only one occupant of the van and that person died at the scene. Their name has not been released.
More information on the accident is expected to be released later Monday.