(graphic from the Fremont Cty Sheriff’s Office.)

State officials are investigating a fatal accident about five miles south of Sidney in southwest Iowa that involved a county deputy.

The Iowa State Patrol confirms they’re investigating a fatal accident in Fremont County Tuesday that killed 37-year-old Fremont County Sheriff Deputy Austin “Melvin” Richardson.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says around 12:38 p.m., Richardson was traveling northbound on Highway 275 when his vehicle collided with a southbound combine driven by 64-year-old James Goff.

(By Ryan Matheny, KMA, Shenandoah)