FOREST CITY, Iowa – Authorities responded to a crash on county road B-14 east of Maple Avenue in Forest City Saturday morning.
19-year-old Tiffany Banta and her younger sister 15-year-old Chyann Banta were in a car traveling east. Their car lost control and crossed the center lane. It hit another car traveling westbound, driven by 68-year-old Steve Hanna. He was not able to avoid the eastbound car, and a broadside crash occurred. The two sisters were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, 68-year-old Steve Hanna, of Crystal Lake, was not injured.
Icy road conditions were thought to be a major cause of the collision and Palas says that, “the county roads are basically 100 percent ice.”
Forest City Police Department, Fire Department and Ambulance were all on scene along with the Iowa State Patrol and Hancock County officials.