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Woman dies, TV weather anchor injured in head-on crash

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A 19-year-old woman has now died and a local TV weather anchor is recovering following a two-vehicle crash in Marion Sunday morning.

Joan Adams, grandmother of 19-year old Zoee Norton of Cedar Rapids, says her granddaughter was full of life, feisty and very artistic.

Adams says Norton had just left the house heading to work at Culver's.

"She left to go to work, it was raining," said Adams. "And she said, 'I'll see you around 10:30.'"

Minutes later, Adams heard sirens and got a gut feeling something wasn't right.

Adams says she eventually arrived at the crash scene.

"They had already taken her away, and I saw the car in pieces all over," said Adams.

Norton died from serious injuries suffered in the head-on crash.

Marion Police tell KWWL the teenager somehow lost control of the vehicle along Highway 100, crossed the median into oncoming traffic and slammed into a pickup truck driven by television weather anchor Justin Roberts of CBS station KGAN.

"I'm sore but I'm alive. My truck saved my life," wrote Roberts on his Facebook page. "My right hand is broken and my sternum is fractured. I have some nasty seat belt burns. I'm alive."

"We're grieving, she's much too young to have lost her," said Adams. "Heaven got a feisty angel. She was the love of our life. Please hug your children, hug your loved ones every day."

Norton and Roberts were the only ones in their respective vehicles when the crash happened.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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