Monona, IA Auto And Grain Truck Crash, Oct 1999

FIVE DIE WHEN CAR HITS GRAIN TRUCK AND CATCHES FIRE.

Monona, Iowa (AP) - A car rear-ended a truck hauling grain on a county road in northeast Iowa, igniting a fiery crash and killing five people in the car, the Iowa State Patrol said Wednesday.
The driver and all four passengers in the car were killed instantly, the patrol said. The truck driver was not injured.
The accident happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday about 4 miles east of Monona on Clayton County Road B-45. Both vehicles were eastbound and the car hit the rear of the truck. The car then burst into flames, officials said.
"Due to the fire, a lot of bodies were burned beyond recognition and we will have to go to other means to identify the people," patrol Sgt. Dave Garrison said.
"Once the people are identified, it will take a little time to contact family members."
Garrison said figuring out what caused the crash "will take a little while because we don't have anyone alive in the vehicle to tell us what was going on prior or afterwards."
Monona is about 15 miles west of the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Sioux City Journal Iowa 1999-10-28

Listing of the Casualties
TRAVIS LEE RUBENDALL, 18, Monona;
NATHAN MEYER, 18, the driver, St. Olaf;
JENNIFER REED, 16, McGregor;
HALLIE SCARFF, 14, McGregor;
LOGAN GLAWE, 15, St. Olaf.