One person is dead and another injured, in a Monday morning traffic accident in Linn County.

Shortly after 8:30am today (July 19), emergency workers were summoned to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Alburnett Road and Central City Road, north of Alburnett.

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42 year old Eric Caryl of Coggon was southbound on Alburnett, and ran a stop sign. His vehicle collided with an eastbound vehicle, killing the driver. The male occupant, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. He will be identified after relatives can be notified.

Caryl was taken to Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Linn County Sheriff was assisted at the scene by Alburnett Fire, Central City Fire, Lifeguard Air Ambulance, and Center Point Ambulance.


Southeast Iowa officials have ruled that a deadly explosion in January, was caused by a natural gas leak.

The incident happened in rural Washington County. The blast injured 68 year old George Carpenter and another person. Carpenter died at the hospital 3 days later.

An investigation determined the explosion was caused when vapor from a gas leak filled a confined space; someone lit a cigarette, creating the blast. It was not revealed who lit the cigarette. Carpenter was rushed to an area hospital for treatment, but died from the injuries.

The other person who was injured, was not identified.

The source of the gas leak has not been determined.

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