Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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Fatality Accident Near Sioux Center

(Sioux Center) -- An early Friday morning auto accident on Highway 75 near Sioux Center resulted in a fatality.  51 year old Mark Heimgartner of Le Mars was driving a semi truck pulling a tanker heading southbound on Highway 75 when 31 year old Lucas Ochoa-Valiente of Hawarden was heading westbound on 370th Street.  According to the traffic report, Ochoa-Valiente failed to stop and yield and had gone through the intersection when the collision occurred.  Ochoa-Valiente was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sioux County Medical Examiner. Heimgartner was transported to the Sioux Center hospital for minor injuries.  The tanker was empty at the time of the accident.  The Sioux County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Sioux Center Police, Sioux Center Fire and Rescue Department, and the Sioux Center Ambulance.

Photos courtesy of Sioux County Sheriff's Department



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