UPDATE: Authorities release names in fatal crash near Fertile

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UPDATE: A 21-year-old Buffalo Center man died in a head-on crash on Monday afternoon despite wearing a seat belt.

According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, 27-year-old Amy Kofron, of Forest City, was headed east on Highway 9 between Balsam and Cardinal Avenue in a Pontiac Grand Am while 21-year-old Breck Zittritsch, of Buffalo Center, was headed west in a 2006 Ford Mustang.

The report says Zittritsch crossed the centerline in a no-passing zone and Kofron’s Grand Am hit the Mustang in the front left quarter panel and driver’s side door, causing severe damage to both cars, which came to a rest about 1,079 feet west of Balsam Avenue on Highway 9.

Kofron was transported by Mercy Air Med for treatment. Two children in the car with her were also taken to Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa for treatment — Garrett Wilson, 2, and an infant, Chloe Wilson. That was after a passerby on his way to work pulled the children out of the car because he was afraid it would catch fire. Authorities used the jaws of life to free Kofron.

The children were treated and released and Kofron was transferred to another hospital.

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The Pontiac was driven by 27-year-old Amy Elizabeth Kofron, of Forest City.  She was flown to Mercy Medical Center by helicopter for treatment.  Two children in the Pontiac, Garrett Wilson, 2, and Chloe Wilson, an infant, were taken to Mercy by personal vehicle.

The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 9 and Balsam Avenue at 2:30 p.m.  According to the Iowa State Patrol, a westbound 2006 Ford Mustang crossed the center in a no-passing zone, and hit a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am head-on.  The driver of the mustang was killed despite wearing a seat belt, but the driver’s name has not yet been released.
WORTH CO., Iowa – One person is dead, and three others are injured after a head-on crash near Fertile Monday afternoon.

 

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FERTILE, Iowa – One person is dead after a head-on crash in southwestern Worth County.

The collision happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 9 and Balsam Avenue, west of Fertile.

Authorities say the young adult driver of one vehicle was killed.  The other vehicle was driven by a woman with her two children inside.  A passerby who was headed to work, Tyler Sheffield of Northwood, says he pulled the two kids out of the car because he was afraid it would catch fire.  Authorities had to use the jaws of life to free the mother.  She has been airlifted to Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating this accident.

FERTILE, Iowa – Authorities are handling an auto accident in southwestern Worth County.

Two cars collided Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 9 and Balsam Avenue, west of Fertile.

There was a mother and two children in one vehicle and someone described as a “young adult” in the other.  The crash has shut down both lanes of Highway 9.

The Fertile Fire Department, Worth and Winnebago county sheriff’s offices, Forest City Fire, Forest City EMS, Manly Fire, Hanlontown Fire and Mercy Aid Med are on the scene.

Check with KIMT for more details as this story develops.

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