The Ottumwa Courier

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March 25, 2010

Two people killed in recent auto accidents

OTTUMWA — Two people have died following two separate accidents this week in southeast Iowa.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, at 12:05 p.m. Monday, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highways 21 and 22 north of What Cheer in Keokuk County.

A car driven by Joan M. Grimm, 77, of What Cheer, made a partial stop at the intersection and continued through, pulling into the path of a pick-up truck driven by David A. Barner, 52, of University Park. Grimm’s car was struck on the driver’s side and came to a rest in a ditch at the corner of the intersection.

Grimm was taken by air care to the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, where she later died.

A passenger in Barner’s truck, Donna L. Barner, of University Park, was injured and transported to Mahaska County Hospital, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Meanwhile, in Mahaska County, a vehicle driven by Bruce G. Nebinger, 56, of Oskaloosa, was traveling west on 220th Street near Merino Avenue north of Oskaloosa at 2:16 p.m. Monday. Nebinger attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of 220th Street and was struck by a vehicle driven by Marc G. Vanderwilt, 60, of New Sharon. Vanderwilt had been driving behind Nebinger, according to police.

The vehicles came to a rest in the south ditch of 220th Street. Nebinger died in the accident. Passenger Doris W. Nebinger, 55, of Oskaloosa, was injured and taken to Mahaska County Hospital.

Both accidents remain under investigation.

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