A head-on collision Tuesday evening near Hastings, in Mills County , resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three others. The Iowa State Patrol says 84-year old Marilyn Gruber, of Shenandoah, died in the crash, Her husband, 91-year old Richard Gruber, was injured, when an eastbound 2010 Subaru SUV driven by 57-year old Christine Carpenter, of Warrensburg, MO., pulled to the right on Highway 34, and made a U-turn in front of an eastbound 2004 Chrysler mini-van, driven by Richard Gruber. The accident happened at around 5:20-p.m.
The Grubers were not wearing their seat belts. Marilyn Gruber died at the scene. Richard Gruber and Christine Carpenter were flown by LifeNet to Creighton Hospital in Omaha. A passenger in the Subaru, 56-year old David Carpenter, of Warrensburg, was also injured. He was transported to Creighton by Glenwood Rescue. The couple in the SUV were wearing their seat belts.
Traffic on Highway 34 had to be re-routed for several hours while the crash remained under investigation.