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Two Forest City teens dead after two-car accident

This news story was published on January 25, 2014.
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logo-iowa-state-patrolFOREST CITY – Two teens died as a result of a two-car accident Saturday southwest of Forest City.

According to a report, at about 11:06 AM Saturday, a 19-year-old Forest City resident and a 15-year-old passenger were east bound on county road B14 near Maple Avenue in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am when the driver lost control and crossed the center line of the road, striking a west bound 1998 Ford Explorer driven by a 68-year-old Crystal Lake resident. A Broadside collision occurred and both vehicles ended up in the north ditch. The two Forest City teens were taken to Mason City’s Mercy Hospital but were dead on arrival. The Crystal Lake driver was not injured.

Sisters Tiffany Banta, 19, and Chyann Banta, 15 died in the accident.

The Iowa State Patrol, along with the Hancock County Sheriff, Winnebago County Sheriff, the Forest City Police Department and the Forest City EMS all responded to the scene.

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4 Responses to Two Forest City teens dead after two-car accident

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    Hannah Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I knew these two grew up with them… I saw Chyann the night before at a basketball game in Garner,Iowa. She was happy and being nice to everyone. She was always nice to me just like Tiffany. They inspired many ppl to love their families and be sweet to others. I wish I could have said goodbye, but no one understands why it happened and why it had two be those two girls!? I wish they were still here! It would be easier with them here!

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

    This is an absolute shame. Two very young girls gone before they had a chance to live.

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    Iowa Sucks Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Note to self…get a bigger, heavier vehicle.

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    Hunter Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I know both of them and I went to school with the 15 year old. I am gonna miss seeing her, RIP friends gonna miss you guys a lot.