UPDATE: Howard County Woman Killed in Head-On Crash Wednesday

A Howard County woman was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash Wednesday morning.

The Iowa State Patrol says the wreck occurred just after 7 a.m. in the 6100 block of 170th Street about two miles northwest of Elma. 39-year-old Kendra O’Brien of Elma died after her Chevy Impala collided head on with a Toyota Passat driven by 23-year-old Earl Martin, Jr. of Alta Vista at the crest of a hill between Garden Avenue and Fir Avenue.

The State Patrol says Martin and a passenger in his car were injured and hospitalized with Earl Martin taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester and 21-year-old Andrew Martin of Elma taken to Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco.

The Elma Fire Department, Riceville EMS and Fire, Gundersen Medlink, and Regional Health EMS assisted at the scene.

Funeral arrangements for O’Brien are through Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma: 


Mark Pitz

News Director
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