ORAN — The driver of a Mack truck pulling a loaded grain trailer died Wednesday afternoon after crashing into a car entering the intersection of State Highway 3 and W Avenue, northeast of Oran.
Charles Edward Meyers, 66, of Edgewood, died at the scene. He was driving a 2002 Mack truck hauling a load for SilverEdge Cooperative of Edgewood when a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix entered the highway in front of him, according to the Iowa State Patrol.
Melody Annette Hewitt, 19, of Oelwein, was driving the car and failed to yield when entering the highway from W Avenue, the State Patrol said.
Hewitt was taken by ambulance to MercyOne Hospital in Oelwein. She was then transferred to another hospital and a report on her condition is unavailable.
The truck struck the car sending both onto the property of the one homestead at the intersection, 5958 W Avenue. The car went past the roadside ditch and came to rest against a tree on the other side. The truck came to rest on the south side up-slope of the ditch, with the trailer extending into the roadway.
Firefighters had to cut away parts of the truck cab to get Meyer out.
The smell of leaked diesel was strong at the scene and the grain trailer’s load and some debris spread over the eastbound lane of Hwy. 3 for more than 200 feet. Authorities directed traffic through the westbound lane as first responders worked.
Both Meyer and Hewitt were wearing seat belts, the State Patrol said.
The State Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.
Assisting at the scene were the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Mercy Ambulance of Oelwein, Fairbank Fire and Ambulance, Oran Fire and First Responders and West Gate Fire Department.
The crash report can be found at this link.