The Superintendent of the Creston Community Schools says grief counselors are available as needed for those who knew the victims in an accident that claimed five lives in Ringgold County.
The Iowa State Patrol says an SUV carrying seven people failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by a rock truck. The five people killed in the accident were four-year-old Elizabeth Lakey of Grant City, Missouri; 12-year-old Briane Baker, two-year-old Hayden King, 30-year-old Sydney King, and 49-year-old Renea Baker, all of Redding.
Nine-year-old Willy Baker of Redding was injured and transported to a Des Moines hospital. At last report he was in critical condition. All of the victims were wearing seatbelts. Creston Superintendent Steve McDermott says Renea Baker, was a para-educator at Creston Community High School, and her daughter, Breanna, had just completed 5th grade, and her son Willie, had just completed 3rd grade.
The accident happened at county highway P-27 and Highway 2 about five miles west of Mount Ayr just after 11 a.m. Friday. The Iowa State Patrol’s accident reconstruction team is investigating the accident. Renea Baker was driving the SUV. The driver of the truck was not injured
(Reporting by Jordan Armstrong, KSIB, Creston)