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Iowa driver dies in crash after her SUV hits deer

Published On: Nov 22 2012 11:15:52 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 22 2012 11:15:43 AM CST
RED OAK, Iowa (AP) -

A 26-year-old driver has been killed and her passenger injured in a rollover crash caused by a collision with a deer in southwest Iowa.

Atlantic radio station KJAN reports that the accident occurred around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 34, west of Red Oak.

The Iowa State Patrol says Shawna Curtis was driving east with 9-year-old Lydia Powell, both of Creston, when the SUV struck a deer that was crossing the roadway. The patrol says the deer was flipped up, and it came through the vehicle windshield, striking Curtis.

Curtis lost control of the SUV. It ran off the highway into a ditch and rolled twice.

The patrol says Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl was flown to a hospital in Omaha, Neb.