The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of a van, 80-year-old Alice Campbell, of Hastings, who was wearing her seat belt, died in the crash. The driver of a passenger vehicle, 55-year-old Patti Jipsen, of Elliott, and a passenger in her vehicle, 53-year-old Barbara Irwin, of Charleston, IL, were injured.
Irwin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton Medical Center, in Omaha. Jipsen, who was wearing her seat belt, was transported by Glenwood Rescue to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.
The Patrol says the car driven by Jipsen was traveling west on Highway 34 at around 4:50 p.m. in the left passing lane. For reasons unknown, her car crossed the center line of the road and struck Campbell’s eastbound van head-on in the eastbound lane. Following the crash, the van entered the south ditch and rolled onto its top, while the car came to rest in the westbound lane of Highway 34.
The accident remains under investigation.
(By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic)