[UPDATED] Two People Killed in Morning Accident On Highway 30
[UPDATE 6/25 5 P.M.] The names of the victims from an early morning crash on Highway 30 have been released. Authorities with the Iowa State Patrol say 18-year-old Guetty Otshumbe crossed the center line while driving a Hyundai Elantra. That vehicle then hit a semi being driven by 71-year-old Paul Jarrett.
There were four passengers in Otshumbe's vehicle. Jeremie Mvemba, 21, and Michou Mayola, 39, were both pronounced dead at the scene while Othshumbe and Jean-Claude Shako, 45, were transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The fourth passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old Jeannette Elese, and Jarrett, the driver of the semi, were transported to St. Luke's Hospital.
Jarrett is from Waukee, Iowa while all the other victims are from Cedar Rapids.
[ORIGINAL STORY] A Monday morning accident on Highway 30 in Benton County has claimed two lives and injured two others. The accident was first reported via the Iowa DOT at 5:42 Monday morning, when they announced the closure of the roadway, and a detour.
CBS 2 says that fire department officials on the scene reported two people were killed and two others were seriously injured. The accident closed Highway 30 near Highway V66, also known as 21st Avenue, between Van Horne and Blairstown in Benton County.
Eva Andersen of CBS 2 was at the scene of the accident and took these photos from the crash site. The Blairstown Fire Department was at the accident site directing traffic this morning. The detour is taking traffic north of Highway 30 on V66 to Van Horne then west on E44, and south on Highway 200 back to Highway 30.
We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.