Authorities identify Pleasantville man killed in Highway 65 bypass crash


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POLK COUNTY, Iowa – A Pleasantville man died in a crash on the Highway 65 Bypass in southeast Polk County Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes of the bypass around 4:00 p.m. Officials say 53-year-old John Schmidt of Pleasantville died as a result of the incident.

Schmidt’s vehicle was headed southbound on Highway 65 when he lost control and crossed the center median, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Schmidt’s vehicle was hit by two vehicles in the northbound lanes, causing significant damage, officials said.

There were others who received minor injuries in the accident. This incident remains under investigation.

Northbound traffic on the bypass was shut down for a few hours while deputies investigated the accident and cleared the scene.

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