HENRY COUNTY, Iowa — Three people are dead after a morning crash in southeast Iowa.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, the crash happened just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, on Highway 34, near mile marker 230 in Henry County.
Troopers say a Chrysler Town and Country driven by Vicki Morrow, 74, of Ottumwa, struck a semi that was on its side blocking both eastbound lanes of Highway 34.
That semi truck was involved in a crash at the same location just minutes before, at 3:26 a.m. Sunday. Troopers say the semi, driven by Wayne Salo, 68, of Sioux City, Iowa, lost control, entered the left shoulder, and then jack-knifed and overturned. Salo was transported to Henry County Health Center for treatment of injuries.
Morrow, and two passengers in the vehicle, Daniel Yutzy, 44 and Kathryn Yutzy, 44, both of Bloomfield, were killed. According to troopers, Morrow was wearing a safety device when the crash took place, however, neither Daniel or Kathryn Yutzy were wearing seat belts.
Two other passengers, Henry Mast, 48, and Suzanne Mast, 48, also of Bloomfield, were transported to area hospitals.
Suzanne Mast was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics by Henry County Ambulance. She was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.
Henry Mast was transported to Henry County Health Center by Henry County Ambulance. Troopers say his life was saved by the use of a seat belt.
Around the same time Sunday morning, a second vehicle struck the semi truck. That vehicle was driven by Guylain Landa, 31, of Cedar Rapids. Both Landa, and a passenger, Shelda Florestral, 27, of Ottumwa, were also transported by ambulance to Henry County Health Center.
This crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.