A traffic accident late Thursday night in northwest Iowa claimed the life of a young man from Garnivillo.
The crash happened just before midnight on Highway 52 south of Guttenberg in Clayton County. A report from the Iowa State Patrol shows a pickup driven by 21-year-old Lee Smith pulled out from a county road in front a semi traveling on the highway.
The driver of the semi, 62-year-old Craig Jones of West Liberty, tried to swerve but still hit the pickup. Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed in the crash. Jones was injured.
The report states the semi caught fire and entered a ditch.