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Emmetsburg Student Dies Following Tragic Crash

December 19, 2017
Emmetsburg News

A head-on collision Friday morning, Dec. 15, claimed the life of a 17-year old Emmetsburg High School student. Hunter Thomas Williams, 17, of Graettinger died early Saturday, Dec. 16, from injuries sustained in the accident.

According to Trooper Jeremy Hilt of the Iowa State Patrol's District Six Office in Spencer, the accident occurred at 7:09 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, one-quarter mile east of 440th Avenue on U.S. Highway 18, just west of Emmetsburg.

A 2005 Peterbilt semi-tractor trailer, carrying 600 head of feeder pigs, owned by Tim Mohr Trucking of Palmer and driven by 42-year old Timothy James Mohr of Manson was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18. A 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by 17-year old Hunter Thomas Williams of Graettinger, was heading westbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the Williams vehicle crossed left of the center lane and the two vehicles collided head-on. The eastbound semi entered the south ditch of Highway 18 and caught fire. The westbound Williams vehicle came to rest on the north shoulder of the highway and also caught fire.

Hunter Williams was transported by the Emmetsburg Ambulance to the Palo Alto County Hospital for initial treatment and was later flown to a Sioux Falls, SD hospital for further treatment.

The Emmetsburg Fire Department also responded to the scene to extinguish the two vehicles, which were completely destroyed.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, the investigation into the accident is ongoing, but weather and road conditions are not believed to be factors.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted at the accident scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department, Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office, Emmetsburg Ambulance, Emmetsburg Fire Department, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Iowa Department of Transportation, along with Mitch's Towing.

Funeral Services for Hunter Thomas Williams have been set for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. Visitation for Hunter Williams with the family will take place from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.



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