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Two hurt in head-on collision between Mason City and Clear Lake


This news story was published on May 29, 2021.
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RURAL CLEAR LAKE – Two people were hurt in a head-on collision between Mason City and Clear Lake.

The accident took place on May 28, 2021 at about 5:37 PM near 10536 265TH Street, rural Clear Lake. The Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two vehicle head on collision just west of Killdeer Ave on Hwy 122 between Mason City and Clear Lake.

Kristian Gunderson, age 19, was eastbound on Highway 122 in a 1997 Toyota truck when a 2006 Chevy truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lane driven by 69-year-old Edward Friest of Thompson struck Gunderson’s truck head on. Both Gunderson and Friest were trapped inside of their vehicles and had to be extricated. Both Gunderson and Friest were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision. Gunderson and Friest were both transported to MercyOne North Iowa for their injuries.

The accident remains under investigation with charges pending.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Mason City and Clear Lake Fire Departments, Mason City and Clear Lake Fire Medics, Clear Lake Police Department and Iowa State Patrol.

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10 Responses to Two hurt in head-on collision between Mason City and Clear Lake

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 2, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Anyone over the age of 60 should have a driving test when they renew their license. I’m 72 and would have no issue with that requirement. If I can’t pass it, I shouldn’t drive.

  2. Colorado Lawman Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    They’d have been in opposite lanes, something fishy here. Illuminati or Clinton connection.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    That area of 122 is basically straight and flat. How is it that someone couldn’t see a truck coming at them in their lane????

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 30, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      M’kay, so how does someone drive in the oncoming lane and not know it? The wrongdoing wasn’t by the person driving in the correct lane.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 30, 2021 at 10:02 pm

        You get a star for that one. But, if you can avoid an accident, you should do it. One is 19, the other 69, so which one wasn’t paying attention?

      • mint Reply Report comment

        May 31, 2021 at 9:19 am

        Could have been 1.) Unfamiliar with the area or 2.) Under the influence. There isn’t a sign you would have to know the area. My.3 cents.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 11:35 am

    69 is not that old

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Old people. Put the keys down before you kill somebody.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2021 at 8:06 am

    I understand the young man was air-flighted to Rochester. God speed.