2 Adults, Toddler Killed in Benton Co. Crash; Driver Arrested on OWI

KEYSTONE, Iowa - Three people were killed on Saturday night near Keystone after, investigators say, a truck ran through a stop sign and hit the three people in a car on U.S. 30.

The Benton County Sheriff's office says Raul Salazar Jr., 39, of Bushland, Tex., was driving a GMC truck on 16th Avenue, heading north towards U.S. 30 at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Their investigation shows Salazar did not stop at the highway and hit a Chevrolet Impala carrying three people.

Investigators say the three victims were ages 24, 22 and 3. At this time, their names are not being made public. They were found dead at the scene.

Law enforcement officers arrested Salazar and charged him with three counts of homicide by vehicle, preventing apprehension and OWI. Salazar is in the Benton County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

A passenger in the truck, Rafael Moreno, 29, of San Fernando, Calif., is charged with preventing apprehension. Moreno remains jailed on a $7,500 bond in the Benton County Jail.

Initial Story:
KEYSTONE, Iowa - A crash near the intersection of Highway 30 and 16th Avenue just south of Keystone killed three people Saturday night, according to investigators on the scene.

Law enforcement and emergency responders were called to the scene about 7:30 p.m.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office has not said what caused the crash, but the TV9 crew on the scene saw two vehicles - a car and a truck - with major damage and each in different spots near a cornfield on the northeast side of the intersection.

There are no official charges, but one person was led away in handcuffs.

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