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Multiple Injuries in 3-Vehicle Wreck in Howard County

Five people were injured in a three-vehicle wreck in north Iowa Friday evening.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office says the collisions occurred about 10 miles northeast of Elma shortly after 5:30 p.m.  A car driven by 29-year-old Aureliano Santiz of Fort Dodge was westbound on A-46 and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 63.  Santiz’s vehicle was then struck by a north-bound car driven by 69-year-old Linda Watson of Evansville, Indiana, which pushed Santiz’s car into the south-bound lane, where it was struck by a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Hilary Jeon of Ham Lake, Minnesota.  

Santiz was trapped in the vehicle, and had to be extricated by mechanical means. He was then life-flighted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester with serious injuries. Watson was also life-flighted to Mayo with serious injuries. Jeon and her two children were transported to Regional Health Services of Howard County Hospital with minor injuries.

The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, Cresco and Elma Fire Departments, Howard County Ambulance, Howard County First Responders, Howard County Emergency Management, and Cresco Towing and Recovery also assisted at the scene.

This crash is still under investigation and charges are pending.

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Mark Pitz

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