A one-car accident in Hardin County on Thursday afternoon killed a teenager from Conrad. The victim is identified as 17-year-old Leo Barton. Barton was a passenger in a 1998 Honda Accord operated by 16-year-old Tyler Smith also of Conrad. The crash occurred at the junctions of County Road D-67 and Y Avenue.
Smith and a passenger, 16-year-old Austin Smitherman of Beamon, were injured. They were taken to a hospital in Marshalltown for treatment. Reportedly, the Smith car was traveling westbound when it could not make the curve, sliding and losing control, going into the opposite ditch where it rolled several times. A backseat passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.
Contributed by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City