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Driver killed in I-380, Highway 30 crash

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 3:01 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The driver involved in a rollover crash that shut down the I-380 ramp onto Highway 30 on Monday has died.

Cedar Rapids police say a Chevy Trailblazer with three people inside rolled over on the ramp several times, ejecting the driver and front-seat passenger.

The driver, 29-year-old Charles Yochem of La Porte City, died in the crash. The passenger, Deanna Fugate, 49, of La Porte City, was seriously hurt. A third passenger in the backseat was wearing a seatbelt and suffered only minor injuries.

Police say Yochem was in an exit lane, trying to merge back into I-380 when he swerved quickly to avoid another vehicle and lost control. The crash closed the ramp for a couple of hours on Monday.

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