If you drive an SUV you really need to see the photograph of this red van after it’s rolled over several times. Sam Jefson of the Forest City Summi has a good photograph; very clear.

In this crash two youngsters died and six others were injured. The two who were dead when the story was reported are ages 9 and 12. The driver was 22 years old. The driver was taking the girls to canoe at Clear Lake. The van is owned by Worth County Conservation. Here is the gist of the report.

According to the report, Streets was southbound on Wheelerwood Avenue, failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 9 and was struck broadside by a semi traveling eastbound on Highway 9. The semi was driven by Steven Brodersen, 59, of Manly, who was treated at the scene.

The other passengers injured, all from Northwood:

• Destiny Bruce, 10, who was treated at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she was listed in critical condition.

• Maeghan Petznick, 10, who was hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.

• Hailey Schaefer, 11, also hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.

• Jaela Parks, 10, who was treated at Mercy and released.

• Streets was treated at Mercy and released.

All parties were wearing seat belts.

The seat belts are important and paying attention to your driving are equally so. The driver in this one makes one mistake; the stop sign and lives are altered. It’s too bad because it appears from this story it’s just a mistake.


Steve Lombardi
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