BREAKING NEWS: Another traffic fatality in Humboldt County


According to unofficial statistics, there have been 13 traffic fatalities in the state during the past three weeks, seven of them coming in north central and west central Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol reminds drivers to be extra vigilant during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, obeying all traffic controls and posted speed limits and never driving while impaired.

The second fatal accident in less than a week occurred in Humboldt County late Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26. Both accidents claimed the lives of young women from Kossuth County.
A two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Humboldt County Road C-54 (270th Street) and County Road P-66 (Utah Avenue) claimed the life of 17-year-old Olivia Rae Bachman of Whittemore. The accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.
According to the report, the 2008 Pontiac Torrent sport utility vehicle Bachman was driving was westbound on County Road C-54, and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with P-66.
A 2010 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle driven by Paul R. Doster, 64, of Algona, was traveling north on P-66 when it struck Bachman’s Pontiac broadside.
Both vehicles traveled into the northwest corner of the intersection, the Bachman vehicle struck a utility pole and phone junction box in the ditch area before rolling and coming to rest on its top, partially in a corn field. Doster’s Toyota Highlander came to rest in the north ditch, on its wheels, next to Bachman’s Pontiac.
All subjects were wearing shoulder and lap belts at the time of the collision.
Bachman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny.
Paul Doster was transported by Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) ground ambulance to HCMH and then was transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.
A passenger, Susan L. Doster, 63, of Algona, was extricated by mechanical means at the scene by Humboldt Fire and Rescue. She was transported by EMS air ambulance with serious/incapacitating injuries to Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester, MN.
Both vehicles were totaled, with an estimated $8,000 damage to the Pontiac Torrent and an estimated $10,000 damage to the Toyota Highlander.
There was an estimated $500 damage to the MidAmerican Energy utility pole and an estimated $300 damage to the CenturyLink junction box.
According to the report, the road was dry and weather conditions were clear at the time of the accident, after spats of rain on Sunday.
Both vehicles were towed to Jergen’s Auto in Humboldt.
The Iowa State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Humboldt Fire Department, Renwick Fire Department, Thor Fire Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Mercy Air Ambulance, Renwick Ambulance and Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Ambulance.
During the past three weeks, the Iowa State Patrol has reported has reported 13 traffic fatalities in the state, seven of them have occurred in Humboldt (two), Webster (two), Greene (two) and Calhoun (one), counties.

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