Ogden teen injured in three-vehicle fatality near Mason City

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One person died, and two were injured in a three-vehicle collision on Mallard Avenue south of Mason City early Sunday.


MASON CITY, Iowa — Two people were injured, including a 17-year-old boy from Ogden, and one person was killed early Sunday morning in a three-vehicle accident south of Mason City in rural Cerro Gordo County, the Iowa State Patrol (ISP) reported Sunday night.

Martin Ross, 26, of Mason City died when the 2010 Ford Fusion he was driving crossed the center line of the northbound lane of Mallard Avenue between 240th and 250th streets shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the ISP report.

Ross’ vehicle collided head on with a 2016 Ram van traveling southbound and driven by Jeffrey Robak, 60, of Plymouth, Iowa.

Kaleb Badker, 17, of Ogden was following Robak’s vehicle in a 2018 Chevrolet Impala, which struck the driver’s side of Robak’s van.

All three vehicles came to rest in the southbound lane, the ISP reported.

Ross was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt, according to the ISP report.

Robak, also wearing a seat belt, was transported by air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. Badker was transported by Mason City Fire and Ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the ISP report.

Badker’s father, Kyle Badker of Dexter, said Monday morning that the ISP report was inaccurate. He said the accident involving his son occurred about 2 p.m. Sunday and his son was wearing a seat belt.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s office, Mason City Police Department and Mason City Fire and Ambulance also responded.

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