Three dead, five injured in southeast Iowa crash

Fatal Crash

Authorities in Iowa report three people were killed and five others injured early Sunday after a minivan and a sedan crashed into an overturned tractor-trailer on Highway 34 in southeastern Iowa.

Officials responded to the crash scene at 3:30 Sunday morning just west of Mount Pleasant after a minivan carrying five passengers and a sedan with two passengers ran into a semi that was described as on its side blocking both eastbound lanes of highway traffic. The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa State Patrol believes dense fog was a factor in the crashes.

The driver of the minivan, 74-year-old Vicki Morrow, of Ottumwa, was killed along with 44-year-old Daniel Yutzy and 44-year-old Kathryn Yutzy, both of Bloomfield, Iowa. Two other occupants, both of whom are 48 and from Bloomfield and riding in the minivan were also injured. The Iowa patrol indicated one was critically injured and the other was treated and released.  Occupants of the sedan, a 31-year-old from Cedar Rapids and a 27-year- old from Ottumwa, were treated at hospitals and released.

According to an Iowa State Patrol, the tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on Highway 34 when it jackknifed and overturned moments before the minivan and sedan crashed into it. The driver, who was still in the semi when it was hit by the two vehicles, was treated and released.