I-29 Crash Kills Two Near Crescent, Iowa
Authorities Believe Alcohol Might Have Been a Factor
Crescent, IA - All lanes of Interstate 29 are now back open after a deadly crash near Crescent, Iowa Sunday morning.
Part of the accident investigation will center around whether drunk driving may have led to the wreck. An Iowa State trooper tells KMTV Action 3 News investigators found signs of alcohol at the crash scene around 9 A.M.
"That is being looked into. That is a possibility at this time," said Sergeant Bryan Michelsen with the Iowa State Patrol.
Authorities tell us a red, Chevy SUV was traveling north on the interstate when it tried to swerve past a blue, Volkswagen Passat. That's when the driver lost control clipping the Volkswagen. We're told the passengers in the SUV were thrown and pronounced dead at the scene with five others injured.
"This could have been avoided," said Michelsen.
The Iowa State Patrol says 18-year-old Alvaro Rodriguez of Omaha and 37-year-old Obed Orozco of Logan, Iowa were the two killed. As for the other five people hurt in the crash, we're told all of them suffered injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.