The Ottumwa Courier

October 31, 2013

Humboldt-area man dies after missing turn in fog


Ottumwa Courier

---- — BADGER, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says a 90-year-old man died when his car ran off the road in thick fog and hit a semi-trailer in Webster County.

The state patrol says Joseph Earl Colwell, of rural Humboldt, died in the Wednesday morning crash in the small town of Badger, about 8 miles northeast of Fort Dodge.

The crash happened when Colwell drove into Badger in heavy fog, He missed a turn at a T-intersection and instead continued straight.

The car left the road and struck a trailer that was properly parked in a lot.

Colwell was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was wearing a safety belt, and the car's airbag system deployed.