A head-on collision Monday afternoon killed a Laurel man when he crossed the center line and smashed his pickup truck into an oncoming gravel truck.
Dr. Milt VanGundy, with the approval of the county medical examiner's office, pronounced William Miller, 51, of Laurel, dead at the scene. The crash also injured Raymond Gould, 72, of Marshalltown, who paramedics transported to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center for observation.
Marshall County Sheriff Ted Kamatchus said the crash on Reed Avenue/South Center Street near 265th Street is still under investigation. However, preliminary evidence suggests Miller veered out of his lane while heading south and crashed into a gravel truck - driven by Gould - heading in the opposite direction.
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The mangled remains of a pickup truck involved in a fatal crash on Highway 14 south of Marshalltown are shown here Monday afternoon. On the other side of the truck, emergency responders prepare to transport the driver’s body. The man was pronounced dead on scene.
Kamatchus said he doesn't know what caused Miller to cross the center line, but witness statements corroborate the preliminary investigation.
The Iowa State Patrol's crash report confirms the Marshall County Sheriff's Office's findings. Kamatchus said the state patrol would be handling the investigation as it continues.
Gould was wearing his seatbelt while Miller was not, according to the crash report. The crash closed down the street for most of the afternoon and early evening.
Because of the amount of diesel fuel spilled, Marshall County Emergency Management called in a hazardous material team from Des Moines.
Haverhill and Marshalltown Fire Departments and Marshall Area Paramedic Services assisted the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.