One man was killed, another hurt, in an accident last (Tuesday) night in southwest Iowa’s Guthrie County.
The Iowa State Patrol says 85-year-old Donald Merle Wetzel, of Guthrie Center, died in the crash which occurred at around 5:40-p.m. on Highway 25, just north of 130th Street, or about three-miles southeast of Bayard.
The accident happened when a northbound 2008 Chevy Impala driven by Wetzel, collided with the trailer portion of a semi driven by 60-year-old Duane Eugene Putney, of Stuart, as Putney was backing the semi into a farm drive.
The truck, with its flashers and headlights on, was blocking both lanes at the time of the crash. The car came to rest directly under the trailer portion of the semi, in the northbound lane of Highway 25.
Wetzel was pronounced dead at the scene. Putney was transported by Guthrie Rescue to the Guthrie County Hospital. Both men were wearing their seat belts.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic