Same I-35 intersection is scene of two crashes less than two hours apart

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Hanlontown, Iowa – Two separate crashes on Interstate 35 at the intersection of State Highway 9 in Worth County near Hanlontown killed one person and injured two others on Friday night.

The Iowa State Patrol says at about 7:50 PM, a semi driven by 70-year-old Thomas Torkelson of New Hampton entered the median and continued until it struck the bridge support.

Torkelson was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City and then later transferred to another facility, with his condition being unknown at this time. Shortly before 9:30, a Worth County Sheriff’s Department SUV providing assistance for the semi crash was struck by a car driven by 65-year-old Johnnie Waslick of Mason City.

Waslick was killed, while deputy Zachary Schrupp was treated and released.

The Iowa State Patrol says the accidents remain under investigation.

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