UPDATE: One dead in Highway 218 head-on collision - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UPDATE: One dead in Highway 218 head-on collision


A La Porte City man has died after a head-on collision on Highway 218 near La Porte City. The Iowa State Patrol was called to the accident around 1:40 p.m. Officials say 78-year-old Robert Palmer was driving south on Highway 218 and crossed the center line, striking a northbound vehicle.

That northbound car was driven by 90-year-old Orville Jensson.

Palmer was transferred to Covenant Hospital in Waterloo by Air Care Air Ambulance. He died from his injuries. Officials say he wasn't wearing his seatbelt.

Jensson was transported by La Porte City ambulance to Covenant Hospital. 73-year-old Patricia Towne-Palmer from La Porte City, was also taken to a hospital. Officials have not released their injuries.  Troopers said both Jensson's and Towne-Palmer's lives were saved because they were wearing their seatbelts.

The accident shut down both lanes of Highway 218 near E. Quarry Road for a portion of the afternoon.


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