Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Nathan Ludwig says the westbound vehicle driven by 14-year-old Bryneisha Watkins dropped onto the shoulder while passing a semi. She apparently over-corrected, causing the SUV to slide across the interstate and roll down the deep north ditch. Bryneisha’s 11-year-old sister was reportedly thrown from the vehicle.
Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to get into the SUV, as the top was smashed down. Thirty-year-old Sabrina Watkins and her 13-year-old daughter Natasha Watkins died in the accident. Bryneisha and her 11-year-old sister were taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. No information is available about their current conditions. The accident remains under investigation.
(Reporting by Randy Van, KCOB, Newton)