1 man dies in Wapello County accident

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


WAPELLO COUNTY ? One man was killed and another hospitalized Thursday morning in Wapello County.

Brandon Lee Pruett, 28, of Blakesburg, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle he was riding in hit a semi head on.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 1996 Ford F150 with Pruett and Dennis Alan Sandifer, 62, of Blakesburg, was traveling south in the 1800 block of Wapello Monroe Road. At the same time a 2019 KW semi driven by Jared Dale Holmes, 30, of Wellman, was traveling north. The report said the F150 had attempted to pass a semi in a marked no-passing zone. The semi driven by Holmes had attempted to slow down and swerve. The pickup struck the semi head on in the northbound lane.

Pruett was transported to Reece Funeral Home. Sandifer was taken to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.