Two people died and four others were injured during a collision Sunday morning in western Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol says 18-year-old Alvaro Rodriguez, of Omaha, and 37-year-old Obed Orozco, of Logan, died after they were ejected from an SUV that collided with a car before rolling into a ditch off of Interstate 29 in Pottawattamie County. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.
The accident happened at around 9 AM, about two-miles northwest of Crescent, when a Chevy Tahoe tried to to pass a VW Passat, as both vehicles were in the right-hand lane of I-29 northbound. The SUV went out of control and crossed back into the right lane, hitting the VW. Both vehicles went into the east ditch and rolled several times before coming to rest in the ditch.
Injured in the crash, was the driver of the SUV, Joel Garcia-Lucero, of Omaha, and two passengers in his vehicle: 25-year-old Mario Amaya-Elizalde, and 27-year-old Alejandro Gardea, both of Omaha. Amaya-Elizalde and Gardea were wearing seat belts, while Garcia-Lucero was not.
The trio were transported to an Omaha trauma center for treatment. A passenger in the car, 25-year-old Nicholas Miller, of Glenwood, was also injured, and transported to a hospital in Council Bluffs. The driver of the car, 49-year-old Richard Miller, of Pacific Junction, was not hurt.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic