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One Person Killed in Fiery Semi Crash Near Mason City

One person was killed in a fiery two-vehicle collision just east of Mason City Wednesday morning.

The Mason City Police Department says the wreck occurred at about 5:30 a.m. when a Freightliner truck driven southbound on California Avenue by 52-year-old Amar Pinjo of Waterloo failed to yield at the stop sign and struck a Chevy Silverado driven westbound on Highway 122 by 57-year-old Matt Hoveland of Osage. The semi-tractor and trailer then veered off the road, rolled onto its side in a nearby cornfield, and became engulfed in flames. Pinjo was ejected from the rig and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Mason City Fire Department was challenged in extinguishing the blaze due to its location in the corn field. Firefighters also had to extricate Hoveland from his truck. He was then transported to MercyOne North Iowa, where he was treated and released. 

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Mason City Operations and Maintenance, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Iowa DOT Maintenance Division also assisted at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Mark Pitz

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