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Driver killed in Waterloo crash

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Police are investigating a crash after a car veered off a road and hit a tree, killing one person.  

Police say the crash happened around midnight on Thursday on Newell Street in Waterloo.

Friends and family of the driver are mourning after the scary accident, but police say they're being very tight-lipped about releasing information until all the of victim's family can be notified. 

The crash happened a few feet away from a family's home. The woman who lives inside, Angela's Smith's, 10-year-old heard a huge crash.

"I woke up to hearing her yell "mom" and I looked to my right and I see a big fire and I was kind of confused, I didn't know if it was my house or what, but I could feel the heat of the flames," said Angela Smith, Waterloo.

Today, the tree is visibly charred.

"I just seen the whole car on fire, it was up in flames," said Smith.

At that point Smith did not know anyone was in the car.

"I looked out the window and there was just so much fire, I couldn't see anything in the car," said Smith. "I wasn't aware that there was somebody else inside the car."

There are still a lot of questions about what happened. One of the victim's friends stopped by the crash site attempting to figure out what happened himself.

"I knew the person that was injured in the accident and it just really doesn't make want to live here anymore," said Smith. "It's just too close to home, it's very sad and I am sad for the family, he was a good person, he never was a trouble maker or anything, it's just tragic."

Police say they performed an autopsy this afternoon and are still waiting to release information.

Waterloo police say there was only one person in the car at the time of the accident.

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