Authorities released the name this morning of a Texas man who was killed Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash between the Baxter and Colfax interchanges on Interstate Highway 80.
The Iowa State Patrol and State Medical Examiner's Office are still investigating the details of the crash, which occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday at the 156-mile marker on I-80. According to an initial crash report issued by the State Patrol, Maximiliano Arizpe, 21, of Edcouch, Texas, crashed his 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis into the back of a 2007 Mazda two-door driven by Patrick Calhoun, 60, of Kenosha, Wis.
According to the investigating officer, Trooper Chris Starrett of the State Patrol, Arizpe and Calhoun were traveling westbound on I-80. Calhoun's vehicle was pushed in the direction of a 2011 International semitrailer that was parked on the inside shoulder and partially in the inside lane, but Calhoun was able to swerve to avoid hitting it.
Starrett's report said Arizpe's vehicle crashed into the back of the semitrailer, the driver of which was unknown at the time the report was filed. According to emergency radio communications, Arizpe died at the scene. The report also indicates Calhoun did not have injuries that required transport to any area hospital.
Traffic was backed up in the westbound lanes from the crash scene to the 164 interchange in Newton for several hours.
Starrett's report states Colfax EMS transported Arizpe's body to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny for an autopsy. It also states Colfax Police responded to the scene.