Two separate crashes in southwest Iowa have claimed two lives. The Iowa State Patrol says a Taylor County man died Friday, when the truck he was driving left the road at around 1 P.M., just south of Bedford and entered a farm field before rolling one and a-half times.
Officials say 57-year-old Raymond Taber, of Bedford, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second accident happened Saturday evening, in Montgomery County. The Patrol says a car driven by 64-year-old Leroy C. King, of Omaha, was traveling west on Highway 34, when it crossed the center line. 36-year-old Todd Morgan, of Tabor, was traveling east on Highway 34 in a Ford F-250 pickup.
Morgan saw King’s Mercury Grand Marquis approaching in the eastbound lane and swerved onto the shoulder, but King’s car collided with a recreational trailer being pulled by the pickup, and veered back across the road before coming to rest in a ditch. King was taken to the Montgomery County hospital where he was pronounced dead. Morgan was not injured in the crash that occurred just after 5 P.M. Saturday, a few miles east of Red Oak.