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Three Marion residents hospitalized with serious injuries after head-on collision near Ely set SUV on fire

A man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after two adults and a child were seriously injured Wednesday in a head-on collision south of Ely.

Richard Dane Jedlicka, 35, of West Branch, was driving a pickup truck north on Ely Road around 6 p.m. when he crossed the center line at the intersection with Seven Sisters Road, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said. The pickup crashed head-on into an SUV being driven by Jesse Thomas Ozbun, 29, of Marion.

The Dodge Ram pickup landed on its top in the road while Ozbun’s Kia Soul went into a ditch and caught fire, the sheriff’s office said.

Two passengers, Shawnee Renae Lines, 26, and Hunter Ozbun, 4, both of Marion, were pulled from the burning car.

Lines was taken by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City with life-threatening injuries. Jesse and Hunter Ozbun were taken by ambulance to the UIHC for treatment of serious injuries.

Jedlicka was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated and taken to the Linn County Jail. Additional charges are pending, the sheriff’s office said.

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