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Waterloo man killed in Wednesday morning accident in Mason City

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MASON CITY — A Waterloo man has died following a crash between a pickup truck and a semi truck on Highway 122 in Mason City Wednesday morning.

According to Lt. Brett Hollander of the Mason City Police Department, a call for the collision came in around 5:39 a.m.

Crash on California

Firefighters and law enforcement attend to the scene of a two-vehicle collision between a semi and a pickup on California Avenue just south of NIACC on Wednesday. The crash led to a fire in a corn field where the semi had come to rest. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to MercyOne in Mason City.

A Chevrolet Silverado driven by Matt Hoveland, 57, of Osage, was heading westbound on Highway 122 into Mason City as a southbound Freightliner driven by Amar Pinjo, 52, of Waterloo, crossed the highway at California Avenue without stopping.

A fog comparable to “pea soup” was present at the time, which may have been a contributing factor of the accident, although that hasn’t been determined, Hollander said.

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An accident occurred early Wednesday morning near NIACC at the intersection of Highway 122 and California Avenue.

First responders found the Freightliner truck and trailer on its side in the corn field southwest of the intersection and the pickup near the intersection, according to police. The semi was engulfed in flames and the Mason City Fire Department had difficulty extinguishing it because of its location in the field.

The fire department was able to remove Hoveland from his vehicle and he was transported to MercyOne North Iowa, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Pinjo was ejected from the semi after it left the roadway and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both drivers were the only occupants of their vehicles.

Assisting the Mason City Police Department at the scene were the Mason City Police Department, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Mason City Operations and Maintenance, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement and the Iowa Department of Transportation Maintenance Division.

The crash remains under investigation.

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