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Ruthven Man Dies In Collision

By Staff | Feb 11, 2010

Weather factors and road conditions played their role a second time in less than a week Tuesday morning when a Ruthven man was killed in a car-semi collision just south of Graettinger. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as 32-year old Brian Rustan Hoover of Ruthven.

According to Trooper Doug Drost of the Iowa State Patrol’s District Six Office in Spencer, the collision occurred at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday one-half mile south of Graettinger on Iowa Highway Four. Hoover was southbound on Highway Four in a 2007 Ford Focus. A 2007 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, driven by 45-year old Scott Vernon Spiller of Adel, was northbound on Highway Four when a collision occurred between the two vehicles in the southbound lane of the highway as the semi struck the drivers’ side of the Hoover vehicle. Weather and road conditions at the time of the collision were a contributing factor in the crash, which still remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Hoover was extricated from his vehicle and transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Assisting the Iowa State Patrol at the accident scene were the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Graettinger Ambulance Service, Emmetsburg Ambulance Service, Graettinger Fire Department, Palo Alto and Emmet County Emergency Management Agencies.

The collision was the second accident in less than a week’s time on Highway Four that claimed a life. On Thursday, Feb. 4, 19-year old Deborah Weideman of Estherville was killed in a car-semi collision four miles south of Graettinger. Road conditions were cited as a factor in that collision as well.