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Jasper County Tribune

Five students involved in Jasper County collision

BAXTER — A vehicle carrying five students from the Benton Community School District was involved in a collision Jan. 30 at the intersection of Highways F17 and 330 west of Baxter.

According to a press release from Jasper County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Duane Rozendaal, the accident occurred at 2:26 p.m. when dispatch received a 911 call reporting a two-car accident with multiple injuries.

The vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway F17, crossed an intersection and hit the vehicle transporting the students, which was traveling northbound on Highway 330. The sheriff’s office reports both vehicles remained on the highway after impact, blocking eastbound traffic on Highway F17.

Rozendaal said one Benton CSD student received minor injuries. The school district is withholding the name of the student because they are under the age of 18. The driver of the car carrying the students, Krystal Wright, of Atkins, also received minor injuries as a result of the crash.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle, John White, of Newton, was charged with failure to obey a yield sign resulting in the accident.

Staff from the Benton CSD was reunited with the non-injured students at the Baxter Fire Department. Wright and the unnamed student was transported to an area hospital by Baxter ambulance.

Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies, Mingo Fire/EMS, Colfax Fire/EMS and Baxter Fire/EMS Departments all responded to the scene of the accident.

The Highway 330 corridor, including intersections at Highways 117 North and F17, in Jasper County is in the middle of an $18 million rebuild by the Iowa Department of Transportation. It was identified as one of the deadliest intersections in the state in the IDOT’s five-year Iowa Transportation Improvement Program. Once complete, the one-mile stretch will include an overpass and diamond interchange, eliminating the two intersections.

Contact Mike Mendenhall at mmendenhall@newtondailynews.com

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