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Two dead Friday after Clay County crash

Two dead Friday after Clay County crash

Two men died late Friday after the car they were in left the road, wrapped around an electrical pole and was nearly severed.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded at 11:47 p.m. to a report of the single-vehicle accident at the intersection of 280th Avenue and 350th Street near Dickens involving a 1999 Mercury Sable.

Alfonso Adrian Maldonado, 19, of Graettinger, was identified in a press release from the sheriff’s office as the driver. He was transported from the scene to Spencer Hospital.


He later died from his injuries.

The passenger and owner of the vehicle, Tephonte Alan Smith, 21, of Estherville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation, the press release stated. An Iowa State Patrol investigator responded to the accident and is helping with the investigation.


An initial crash report from the Iowa State Patrol stated both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

The sheriff’s office was assisted at the accident scene by the state patrol, Dickens Fire and Rescue and the Spencer Hospital ambulance.

Alliant Energy also helped handle the downed power lines around the accident.



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