August 1, 2011
Intersection of Zeller Ave and Quarry Rd in Marsha - At 08:02 am on August 1st, 2011, First responders from Le Grand, Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center Ambulance, the Le Grand Fire Department and Deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 2300 mile of Zeller Avenue in reference to a two vehicle accident.
Upon their arrival, responders discovered a collision had occurred between a Semi-truck and a full-size pick-up. The two vehicles were in the east ditch of Zeller Avenue just south of the intersection of Zeller and Quarry Road. The vehicles had severed a utility pole and Alliant Energy was called to the scene.
The initial investigation showed that the semi-truck, owned by the Mid-Iowa Cooperative (Beaman, IA) and driven by Scott Schneiderman (DOB- 11/21/59) was southbound on Zeller Ave when the Chevrolet Pick-up, owned by Mark Stephens (Le Grand, IA) and driven by Mason Stephens (DOB-07/01/95 of Le Grand, Iowa), pulled out from the stop-sign on Quarry Rd, turning northbound and into the path of the Semi-truck. The Semi-truck struck the driver's door of the pick-up, causing severe damage totaling both the pick-up and Semi-tractor, while taking the life of Mason Stephens.
Marshall County Deputy Medical Examiner, Mark Bethel, pronounced Mr. Stephens deceased at the scene of the accident and ordered an autopsy by the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny, Iowa.
The driver of the semi-truck, Mr. Schneiderman, was unharmed in the accident.
In accordance with Iowa Code, a crash investigation/inspection unit from the Iowa Department of Transportation will be conducting a full inspection of the semi-truck.
This investigation continues through the joint efforts of the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Marshall County Medical Examiner's Office and the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. Any further information will be released from the Marshall County Medical Examiner's Office.
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