State Patrol: Two Adults, 1 Child Die After Wrong-Way Driver Causes Crash

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HARDIN COUNTY, Iowa — A wrong-way driver smashed into an SUV Sunday night, killing two adults and a child, according to the Iowa State Patrol. A patrol spokesman says that crews flew a second child to a Des Moines hospital with serious injuries.

The spokesman said the crash happened about 7:30 p.m. on Highway 20 near the Alden/Buckeye exit. The wrong-way driver experienced only minor injuries.

“The driver of the Avalanche was an adult male by himself and then the occupants of the Equinox were a family, unfortunately the three of the family were killed in a collision,” said Sgt. John Skaar, of the Iowa State Patrol Cedar Falls office. “You do the best you can to try to get people in the position and hope this doesn’t happen before you catch up to him, he avoided numerous cars up to this point.”

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to the spokesman.

Authorities did not immediately release the identities of the people involved in the crash.

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