Browning woman killed in crash crossing Highway 36 after colliding with big rig

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The Highway Patrol reports a Browning resident died some 12 hours after being injured in a Tuesday evening accident in Meadville.

78-year-old Velma Trentham of Browning died yesterday morning before 6 am at the University Hospital in Columbia.

The highway patrol reports Mrs. Trentham, who was driving southbound on Highway 139, attempted to cross Highway 36 when she allegedly pulled into the side of a westbound tractor-trailer. Her husband and passenger in the sports utility vehicle, 81-year-old Ernest Trentham of Browning, received minor injuries and was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was 46-year-old Jaffar Al-Zayadi from Detroit Michigan who wasn’t hurt. The accident report noted the trailer unit had to be towed while the tractor-portion was driven from the scene.

The SUV was demolished in the Tuesday evening accident about 5:45 and the patrol report noted that all occupants were using safety devices.

Assisting the highway patrol was the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Meadville, and Brookfield fire departments.

Velma Trentham is the second traffic fatality this year in Linn County investigated by the highway patrol.

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