Authorities Search for Two Drivers, Left Scene of Four-vehicle Crash

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - Authorities are searching for the drivers of two vehicles they say left the scene of a four-vehicle crash south of Mount Vernon Wednesday evening.

Officials responded to a four-vehicle personal injury accident at the intersection of Highway 1 and Cedar River Road around 5:36 p.m. Upon emergency personnel's arrival, they found a vehicle driven by 86-year-old Eldon Hosek of Marion had been traveling northbound on Highway 1 when it rear-ended a vehicle driven by 52-year-old Timothy Vogel of Washington that had slowed down to let a blue Ford truck turn west on Cedar River Road, officials said.

According to authorities, the truck and a fourth vehicle that was involved in the accident had left the scene before emergency personnel arrived on scene and have not been located at this time.

Also in Vogel's vehicle was 46-year-old Kimberly Vogel of Washington. Both refused medical treatment or transport on scene. Hosek was the only occupant in his vehicle, and was transported to Mercy Medical Center for what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Hosek and the Vogel's were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Hosek received a citation for failure to stop within assured clear distance.

Leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident is a serious misdemeanor and is punishable up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,875.

The accident remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff's Office.
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