Public Safety

One person killed, three injured, after head-on collision near Atkins

A Linn County Sheriff's Office squad car. (file photo)
A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)

One person died and three others were taken to the hospital with injuries after a head-on collision Wednesday evening.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said emergency responders received a report of a two-vehicle crash at 5:37 p.m. at 12001 Ellis Rd. in Linn County, just east of Atkins.

Upon arriving, emergency responders found two vehicles had collided head on.

The sheriff’s office said it determined that the westbound vehicle had failed to yield for a construction area on the road, colliding with the vehicle coming in the same lane in the opposite direction.

According to a news release, the driver of the eastbound vehicle was declared dead at the scene and was the only person in that vehicle. The driver of the westbound vehicle, Bryce Wagehoft, 30, of Coralville was ejected and found trapped underneath. Wendie Beard, 23, of Vinton, and David Nelson, 33, of Palo, were his passengers. All three were transported by ambulance to Cedar Rapids hospitals.

The identity of the driver who died is being withheld pending notification of family members.

The accident remains under investigation.

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