(Portsmouth, Iowa) Two people were killed and another injured in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon near Portsmouth in Shelby County.
The Shelby County Sheriffs’ Office says 64-year-old Dennis M. Johnson, of Luverne, Minnesota, and 63-year-old John Veral Smith, of Portsmouth were killed in the accident. Sixty-eight year-old Mary Louise Smith, a passenger was taken by Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan.
According to the Iowa State Patrol the accident happened at around 4:35 p.m. on Highway 44, two-miles east of Portsmouth in Shelby County. John Veral Smith was westbound on Highway 44 in a 1998 GMC Jimmy pulling a boat and crossed the centerline and struck a 2011 International Semi and trailer head-on.
The report says Johnson saw the pickup coming into his lane and attempted to avoid the collision by braking and steering toward the south ditch but could not avoid the head-on collision.
June 25, 2012