Two Killed in Vehicle Collision
Two have died while several others received injuries following a two-vehicle collision just south of Emmetsburg.
On Thursday, July 9 at 9:52 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unknown injury two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of 460th Avenue and 390th Street in Emmetsburg. A 2006 Ford Econoline van driven by Manuel De Jesu Mercado, age 52 of McAllen, TX, was traveling north in the 4000 block of 460th Avenue. A 2017 Chevy Impala, driven by Alexander McCurdy, age 32 of Sioux Falls, SD, was traveling east in the 4500 block of 390th Street.
As Mercado approached the intersection of 460th Avenue and 390th Street, McCurdy failed to stop at the stop sign and his vehicle struck the Mercado vehicle on the front driver side. Following the impact, Mercado’s vehicle spun out of control and slid into the ditch on the northeast corner of the intersection and the vehicle overturned onto the drivers side. McCurdy’s Impala came to rest just north of Mercado’s vehicle. Both vehicles were deemed a total loss.
McCurdy was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained and was later transferred to another hospital.
Six passengers in Mercado’s Econoline were transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the collision, with one passenger later transferred to Mercy Hospital in Mason City. Two more passengers in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Their names are being withheld until notification of family.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol, Emmetsburg Fire Department, the Palo Alto County Ambulance Services, and Wickman’s Towing.