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UPDATE: Three killed in one car crash near Garnavillo


Three people died and two others suffered injuries after a car accident in Clayton County.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a farm field on Highway 52 south of Garnavillo, just north of Jigsaw Road around 4:15 Sunday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from a woman driving behind the vehicle. She said it caught on fire and veered off the roadway, where it eventually rolled to a stop and continued burning.

According to the Clayton County Sheriff, 26-year-old Ryan Rodenberg and 20-year-old Zachary Johnson were badly burned in the fire, but were able to get out of the vehicle. Ambulances took them to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, where a helicopter met them and took them to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The facility had no information on their medical condition as of Monday afternoon.

20-year-old Rosilie Dutka, four-year-old Olivia Rodenberg and 11-month-old Max Rodenberg were killed in the fire.

Neighbors across the street from the fire responded to the scene before emergency vehicles had arrived.

"Because nobody was here yet, all we could think to do was help people who were in shock, and the one lady was going into shock, so we wrapped her in some blankets," neighbor Jo Andregg said.

The woman who was driving behind the vehicle and who called 911 knocked on Andregg's door.

"You're not expecting somebody to knock on your door and say, 'I need a fire extinguisher,'" Andregg said. "A black truck had gone off of the road in front of her, and it was on fire, and it went off, over the edge of the hill and went down into the middle of the field, and it had burst into flame."

Officials say they don't yet know the cause of the fire. Chief deputy Ryan Johnson with the Clayton County Sheriff's Department said the vehicle is in secure storage, where the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office will help determine what caused the blaze.

Emergency crews from Garnavillo, Guttenberg and Elkader also assisted in the response, as well as State Patrol and the Iowa DNR.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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