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1 dead after car-semi accident on Highway 20

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EARLY, Iowa | One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 20 in Sac County.

Capt. Paul Neeson with Region 5 HAZMAT in Fort Dodge, Iowa, said a HAZMAT crew responded around 6:04 a.m. to a call of a semi and car in the ditch on Highway 20 near the U.S. Highway 71 junction. Region 5 HAZMAT covers nine Iowa counties, including Sac County.

Neeson said the two vehicles were found in the ditch, where the car and semi had caught fire and were severely burned.

Sac County Sheriff, Iowa State Patrol, Early Fire Department, Sac City Fire Department and other local agencies also responded to the scene.

Neeson said the driver of the car was pronounced dead following the accident.

Neeson said the semi, registered to the Iowa-based trucking company Panama Transfer, was carrying a mixed load that included corn herbicide. The Region 5 HAZMAT team worked to empty diesel fuel from one of the semi’s ruptured saddle tanks and examined the semi for hazardous materials.

The condition of the semi driver was unknown. No names have been released, and the accident remains under investigation.

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