OTTUMWA — Separate fatal crashes claimed the lives of two southeast Iowa residents on Sunday.

The first took place at 7:15 a.m. at Lark Avenue and Highway 2 in Van Buren County. Brenda Houf, 56, of Bloomfield was driving west on Highway 2. The Iowa State Patrol said the vehicle lost control and drove into a ditch, rolling several times. The patrol’s report said Houf was not wearing a seat belt.

The second crash happened at 3:57 p.m. in the 2400 block of 142nd Street in Hedrick. Susan Slaney, 55, of Hedrick was eastbound on 142nd Street when her vehicle lost control, vaulted over a driveway and rolled several times. The patrol’s report said she was wearing a seat belt.

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