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One killed and two injured in Iowa truck crash on Interstate 35

Iowa residents are aware that various types of vehicles fill the major and minor roadways of the state. Some major roads, such as Interstate 35, experience high levels of traffic at certain hours of the day, making them more prone to accidents. Moreover, this interstate is frequently used by large vehicles such as semi-trucks. While these massive trucks could travel safely on these roads, unfortunately a truck crash could ensue due to driver negligence or dangerous conditions on the roadway.

A fatal crash recently occurred in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, involving a pickup truck and a semi-truck. According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred on Interstate 35 near the Clear Lake exit when a semi-truck rear-ended the pickup truck. Officer indicated that the 67-year-old woman driving the pickup truck was stalled in a lane of the interstate. Shortly after, the stalled vehicle was struck from behind by the semi-truck.

Authorities were dispatched to the Interstate 35 accident. The woman driving the pickup truck, her husband and the driver of the semi-truck were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The female driver of the pickup truck later died of her injuries. The condition of her husband and the semi-truck driver are not known at the time of this report.

Investigation of this fatal incident is ongoing. Authorities are unsure at this time what caused the crash. Once cause is established, investigators will be able to assign fault and liability. If a driver is liable for a fatal accident, they could face criminal and civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit against the party at fault. This could help them recover compensation to cover expenses related to the incident such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, loss of companionship and damages.

Following a fatal accident on Interstate 35 or any other road in Iowa, those involved and impacted by the accident should understand their rights and options. Injured parties and loved ones have legal remedies afforded to them, and it is important they take timely action in order to protect their rights and interests.

Source:, "Central Iowa Woman Killed in Crash on Interstate 35," Aaron Hepker, March 20, 2015

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