Accident investigation continues

Memorial fund established for postal worker’s family

T-R PHOTO BY JEFF HUTTON
A makeshift memorial has been established near the intersection of Church and Center streets in downtown Marshalltown. The intersection on Friday was the site of a fatal accident that claimed the life of U.S. Postal Employee Amy Sanders, 34, of Grinnell.

T-R PHOTO BY JEFF HUTTON A makeshift memorial has been established near the intersection of Church and Center streets in downtown Marshalltown. The intersection on Friday was the site of a fatal accident that claimed the life of U.S. Postal Employee Amy Sanders, 34, of Grinnell.

The investigation into a two-vehicle accident last week in Marshalltown that claimed the life of a U.S. postal worker is still ongoing.

Lt. Robert Hansen with the Iowa State Patrol told the Times-Republican on Tuesday that thus far investigators are still reviewing and gathering information as to what transpired late Friday morning when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Church and Center streets in the downtown area.

“We’ve not made any conclusions; we look at everything top to bottom,” said Hansen, adding that accidents like this typically take 30-90 days to fully investigate with officials looking at a number of factors including speed, driver impairment, weather conditions, etc.

According to the initial accident report, at about 11:45 a.m. Friday, a postal vehicle operated by Amy Sanders, 34, of Grinnell, was westbound on Church Street approaching Center Street. At the same time, a mini-van, driven by Debra Meister, 60, of Waterloo, was southbound on Center Street approaching Church Street.

The report noted that Sanders was entering the intersection during a yellow traffic signal when it collided with Meister’s mini-van, which entered the intersection under a red light.

Sanders’ postal vehicle flipped over on its side following impact; she was pronounced dead at the scene. Meister was treated for minor injuries.

Meanwhile, condolence cards and letters of support have been coming into the Marshalltown Post Office for Sanders’ family and co-workers. A post office spokesman said they are forwarding all of the messages to her family in Grinnell.

A memorial fund has also been established for Sanders’ children at the Members 1st Community Credit Union. Those wishing to make donations may do so at either of the credit union’s two Marshalltown locations — 910 S. 12th Ave., and 1724 South Center St.