Fatal crash in NW IA Friday morning


May 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

A man from eastern Iowa died and a man from Tennessee was injured, during a crash Friday morning in northwest Iowa’s Clay County. The Iowa State Patrol reports Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies responded at around 7:30-a.m. to a head-on collision between a car and a semi.

At the scene, authorities determined a 2003 Peterbilt Semi driven by 46-year-old Stoney Ray Burris, of Livington, Tennessee, was traveling northbound on Highway 71, when for reasons unknown, a southbound 1987 Pontiac Firebird crossed the center line of the road. The car was driven by 24-year old George Skyler Ellsworth Cole, of Cedar Rapids. Cole was pronounced dead at the scene.

Burris was transported by ambulance to the Spencer Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.