Highway 61 reopened after fatal crash - UPDATE

Iowa (KWQC) -- UPDATE (2/11/18): The names of those involved in the fatal crash on Thursday, Feb. 8 have been released.

The Iowa State Patrol has released that 57-year-old Saturnina Franks of Fulton, Illinois died in the crash.

The report says Franks was stopped on Highway 61 in the southbound lane of the travel lane when a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Richard Lee of Hillsdale, Illinois rear-ended Franks. Franks was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE 5:20 a.m.: Iowa State Troopers say a car was sitting in the southbound travel lane, with no lights on when a box truck came up and hit the car.

Witnesses told troopers the driver of the box truck tried swerving out of the way as soon as they saw the car to avoid it but struck the car.

The driver of the car was killed, the driver of the box truck was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.


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UPDATE 5 a.m.: Iowa Troopers have confirmed with TV-6 that there has been one fatality.

We are working to gather more information on what caused the accident. Highway 61 has been reopened to traffic.
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ORIGINAL: An early morning accident has blocked Highway 61 in both directions. The blockage is between County Road F55 (Long Grove) and US 30 (DeWitt).

Crews do have a detour in place, see the photo above for the detour.

We will update this story both on-air and online as soon as we have more information.