Monona County man killed in Crawford County crash


January 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man from Ute, in Monona County died this (Tuesday) morning in Crawford County, when the car he was driving rear-ended a semi. The Iowa State Patrol says 29-year old Benjamin Randall Monk was not wearing a seatbelt, when his 1989 Mazda 929 ran into the back of a 2001 Peterbilt semi, as both vehicles were on Highway 141, about two-miles west of Charter Oak. The accident happened at around 7:45-a.m.

Officials say the car and the semi were headed east on 141, when the semi, driven by 37-year old Justin Charles Hansen, of Ute, stopped to wait for cross traffic before making a left hand turn into a farm drive. Monk was pronounced dead at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital. Hansen was not injured in the crash.