1 killed 1 injured in Guthrie County car-vs.-semi accident


January 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An accident Tuesday evening about three-miles southeast of Bayard, in Guthrie County, has claimed the life of one person and resulted in injures to another. The Iowa State Patrol says 85-year old Donald Merle Wetzel, of Guthrie Center, died in the crash which occurred at around 5:40-p.m. on Highway 25, just north of 130th Street. Officials say the accident happened when a northbound 2008 Chevy Impala driven by Wetzel, collided with the trailer portion of a semi driven by 60-year old Duane Eugene Putney, of Stuart, as Putney was backing the semi into a farm drive.

The truck, with its flashers and headlights on, was blocking both lanes at the time of the crash. The car came to rest directly under the trailer portion of the semi, in the northbound lane of Highway 25. Wetzel was pronounced dead at the scene. Putney was transported by Guthrie Rescue to the  Guthrie County Hospital. Both men were wearing their seat belts.