JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa. (KWWL) – Iowa State Patrol confirms two people are dead after a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County.
The crash happened just around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Iowa State Patrol says a vehicle was traveling west on I-80 when the driver slowed down to make a U-turn in the crossover in the median.
Before making the turn, the vehicle was hit broadside by a semi.
The names and ages of the victims haven’t been released.
We do know two other people were taken to the hospital for injuries.
This is a developing story, stay with KWWL on air and online for the latest updates.
UPDATE: Two children were killed in a Johnson County crash.
According to the Des Moines Register, an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old were killed after a car tried to make a U-turn on I-80.
The names of the victims haven’t been released.
UPDATE: The Iowa State Patrol now says three people were killed, and two are hurt after a crash in Johnson County.
The crash happened around 1 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 80.
According to the Des Moines Register, an 11-year-old and 13-year-old died.
The names of those killed and hurt haven’t been released.
UPDATE: The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of the people involved in a fatal Interstate 80 crash that happened Sunday afternoon.
According to the release, 62-year-old Terrance Edwards of Cedar Rapids was the driver of a Kia Rondo carrying 4 passengers. Edwards was injured after the vehicle was broadsided by a semi-truck.
There were three fatalities, 12-year-old KaDaess Adams, 12-year-old Braden Brown, and 11-year-old Oneimus Quaterman, who were all passengers in the Kia.
11-year-old Mason Brown was also traveling in that vehicle, he was also transported to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for injuries.
According to a Facebook fundraiser, he is expected to recover.
The driver of the semi, 52-year-old Slawomir Nowakowki of Anaheim, California was unharmed and able to drive away.
Three young boys were taken from the world too soon.
A DOT sign only a few miles from the fatal sign reads, “93 traffic deaths” this year in Iowa. A number that grew by three over the weekend.
Parts of the Kia Rondo that was carrying the group of 5, still mark the area where the tragedy occurred.
“The car turned in front, trying to take a cross over in front of a semi and at this time we’re lost 3 people in that crash, so very tragic crash,” said Iowa State Patrol Trooper, Bob Conrad. He also said this is the type of crash that can be prevented.
A front bumper and orange tape are still visible at the scene, a reminder to the drivers passing by here.
Trooper Conrad said State Patrol wants to prevent another accident like this one.
“Those cross over’s aren’t meant for you to cross over if you forgot something, you want to turn around. What they’re meant for is law enforcement, law ambulance to respond to accidents. They’re not meant for the average person to turn around,” said Conrad.
That’s apparently what the Kia, carrying driver Terrance Edwards and four young boys, was attempting to do before it was broadsided by a semi. Two brothers, KaDaess Adams and Oneimus Quaterman died at the scene.
It’s a reminder of the real dangers of using highway crossovers and why Trooper Conrad writes tickets not warnings when he sees it happen.
“People who are driving the interstate, I hate to say it but they’re on cruise control. They’re driving down the road, they’re not thinking about what should be happening in front of them, they’re thinking about where they’re going, what they forgot, so they’re not paying attention. They’re not expecting people to do that, so you may think oh I’ll pull out and someone will slow down for me, but they’re not going to do that,” said Conrad.
Using an interstate crossover is illegal in Iowa and carries a fine of $195.
Conrad said while it may seem like a time-saving option, safety is more important, “First of all understand if you don’t use the crossovers you won’t be in this dangerous situation. Secondly, obviously, with the loss of life, nobody wants to see that happen. Nobody thinks it’ll ever happen to them, so just drive with that being the most important thing you’re doing, obey the laws and do everything you can do to protect yourself and your passengers. There’s nothing more important than the lives inside your car.”
The Iowa State Patrol is investigating if seat belts were in use during the time of the crash.
Fundraisers have been started for the two families, one who lost two boys KaDess and Oneimus and the other who lost one boy, Braden and another, Mason in the hospital.
This is the area along I-80 where a fatal accident took the life of three people on Sunday. A Kia Holiday was broadedsided by a semi truck, both were traveling in the west bound lane. It happened when the Kia was attempting to make a U-Turn. More tonight at 5 & 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/SDXtUt8eae
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