Investigators believe alcohol played a role in a fatal traffic crash in western Iowa over the weekend. A release from the Iowa State Patrol states a pickup left Highway 141 near Mapleton at roughly 1:00 a.m. Saturday.
The pickup rolled in a ditch after the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road, according to the patrol. The two occupants in the vehicle were taken to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.
Fifty-nine year old Albert Butler died of his injuries, while 44-year-old Judith Krohn was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Investigators say they’ve yet to determine who was driving the pickup, but they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.