A two-vehicle accident Friday morning just south of Marshalltown on Highway 14 claimed the life of Susana Ochoa-Zepeda, 31, of Marshalltown, and sent two people to hospitals with significant injuries.
The head-on collision occurred at 7:53 a.m. and eyewitness reports indicated a car driven by Hattie Hugen, 17, of Laurel, crossed the center line and struck a van driven by Ochoa-Zepeda.
Ochoa-Zepeda was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the van, Alberta Aguilera-Tellez, 36, of Marshalltown, was taken to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center then transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, where she was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon. Hugen was airlifted to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, where her condition was not released.
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A head-on, two-vehicle collision occurred Friday morning just south of Marshalltown on Highway 14. The accident claimed the life of Susana Ochoa-Zepeda, of Marshalltown, who was the driver of the van.
The location of the crash was in the 2500 mile of Highway 14, just north of 260th Street, approximately two miles south of Marshalltown
Marshall County Sheriff Ted Kamatchus said Ochoa-Zepeda appeared to be heading to work at Swift Greenhouses. Hugen is a senior at East Marshall High School.
The stretch of road is straight and Kamatchus said it is not typically a dangerous area that is prone to many accidents. He said it appeared all three people were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Sheriff's deputies directed motorists around the stretch of Highway 14 as emergency crews attended to the scene and cars were rerouted for more than three hours Friday morning.
The Iowa State Patrol will continue the investigation on the accident.