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Three-vehicle accident claims four lives south of Cherokee

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, along with the Iowa State Patrol, is investigating a fatal, three-vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 59 near Pilot Rock Road, approximately two-miles south of Cherokee, on Thursday, Sept. 22 at approximately 12:47 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office reports that a blue 2009 Chevrolet pickup driven by Ronald Brown, 59 of Cherokee, was southbound on U.S. Highway 59 and was attempting to make a right turn into a business.

According to authorities, a white 2010 Chevrolet pickup driven by William Eubank, 83 of Quimby, was also southbound, and rear-ended Brown's vehicle.

Following this collision, the Eubank vehicle crossed the centerline, and collided head-on with a white 1987 Volvo truck traveling northbound, driven by Daniel Maloy, 50 of Alta.

Eubank was killed in the crash, along with three other persons in his vehicle.

Eubank's passengers were his wife, Phyllis Eubank, 83 of Quimby, Kenneth Slentz, 84 of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and Dorthy Slentz, 83 of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

Maloy was reported injured in the crash and transported by ambulance to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. Brown was uninjured.

Assisting the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Transportation - Road Division, Iowa Department of Transportation - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Cherokee Fire and Rescue Department, and the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

The Sheriff's Department also received additional help from private citizens as numerous employees at the nearby RJ Thomas Manufacturing Company rushed to the scene immediately following the crash, and used several fire extinguishers to put out two separate fires that had occurred in or around the vehicles following the crash before any emergency responders were able to arrive on the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Funeral services for William and Phyllis Eubank are pending at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.

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