BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
LEE COUNTY – Iowa State Patrol has identified a Hamilton, Ill., man as one of the victims of a two-car collision that resulted in two fatalities on Saturday morning near Fort Madison.
A two-vehicle, head-on collision that claimed the lives of the two drivers is still being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol. The collision occurred on Highway 2 about three miles east of Fort Madison near Appleberry Orchard and 248th Avenue at 11:53 a.m.
According to a crash report issued by the Iowa State Patrol late Sunday night, the identity of one of the drivers is being withheld “pending further identification”. The other victim is listed as Vincent Seaver, 47, of Hamilton. The victims were both taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
According to the report A light-colored 2004 Ford Expedition was heading westbound on Hwy. 2, crossed the centerline, and struck Seaver’s 2010 dark-colored Chevrolet Malibu. Both vehicles came to rest on the south shoulder where both vehicles then became fully engulfed in flames before the victims could be extricated.
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies and Donnellson Fire and Rescue were paged to the scene by LeeComm dispatchers. The first deputies on the scene immediately requested additional fire support as smoke and fire were visible from both vehicles.
West Point Fire & Rescue personnel, as well as West Point/Donnellson police, were also dispatched to the scene as were Iowa State Patrol troopers, Iowa Department of Transportation officials, and several utility personnel. Pen City Current will update this story as more information becomes available.