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Fatal crash south of Mt. Vernon temporarily closes Highway 1

The scene of a crash between a car and a semi-truck in rural Linn County on Saturday, July 31,...
The scene of a crash between a car and a semi-truck in rural Linn County on Saturday, July 31, 2021.(Courtesy: Linn County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 11:03 AM CDT
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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (KCRG) - A collision between a car and a semi-truck caused fatal injuries to one person on Saturday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said the crash took place along Iowa Highway 1, south of Mount Vernon, at around 9:55 a.m. Deputies believe that the 2004 Toyota Camry, traveling southbound, crossed the road’s center line, leading to a head-on collision with a northbound semi-truck.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, was killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. Their name has not yet been released. The driver of the truck was unhurt in the crash.

A photograph of the crash scene posted to the sheriff’s office’s Twitter account showed extensive wreckage on the roadway. The car was in a ditch and had significant damage to its front end, and the semi-truck was in the opposite ditch.

Officials said that Highway 1 was closed temporarily while the scene was cleared. Traffic was being detoured, as of just before 11:00 a.m.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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