Public Safety

Two killed in crashes in Cedar, Poweshiek counties


CEDAR RAPIDS — Two people were killed in crashes in Cedar and Poweshiek counties on Monday.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, three vehicles were pulled off to the side of the road at the 190 mile marker on Interstate 80 westbound around 1:20 p.m. Monday due to the weather conditions. Authorities said one vehicle was parked on the median shoulder and the two others were on the outside shoulder.

The state patrol said a semi driven by 31-year-old Daniel J. Mahoney failed to stop and hit the vehicle parked on the median. Authorities said “multiple” other vehicles failed to stop or avoid original vehicles. A total of 19 vehicles were involved in the crash, authorities said.

The state patrol said 21-year-old Josephina M. Buffington, 21, of Fairfax was killed in the crash. She was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in a van involved in the crash were also injured.

The state patrol noted they are still working to identify each of the vehicles and people involved in the crash.

The Cedar County crash happened around 1:40 p.m. at the 277 mile marker on Interstate 80 westbound. Authorities said a Pontiac G6 collided with a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the G6 — who has not been identified in state patrol reports — got out of their vehicle and was standing in front of the car when it was hit by a Ford Escape, pushing the G6 into the driver.

One person was killed in that collision and two others were injured. The crash remains under investigation.


Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said that between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, state troopers responded to 185 crashes. In addition to the fatal crashes in Cedar and Poweshiek counties, there were fatalties reported in Ames, Decorah and Cedar Rapids. All told, there were seven traffic-related fatalities Monday, Ludwig said.

Ludwig said there were “a lot of factors” that contributed to the crashes.

“I think, as a whole, people are in a hurry, they’re on their phones, they’re driving fast and they’re not paying attention,” he said.

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