The Iowa State Patrol reports a collision between a pickup and an SUV at around 7:45 p.m. on Highway 71 at Casey Road northeast of Atlantic, resulted in the death of the pickup driver, 72-year-old Ronald Ray Nelson, of Exira, and injuries to four members of an Exira family. Nelson was traveling north on the road approaching the red traffic light at a bridge construction site when for reasons unknown, he failed to stop, and rear-ended the SUV driven by 34-year-old Travis Wayne Anthofer, of Exira. Nelson died at the scene.
Antohofer, and his passengers, 33-year-old Kaitlin Anthofer, 7-year-old Ryleigh Anthofer and 9-year-old Gavin Joseph Anthofer, were transported by other family members to the hospital in Atlantic, to be checked for injuries.
Early Friday morning, 22-year-old Patrick Lee Schultz, of Cumberland, died in a head-on crash on Highway 92, about two-miles west of Massena. The driver of the other vehicle was injured, and was flown to a trauma center, for treatment of both internal and external injuries.
(By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic)