A Fremont County, IA, sheriff's deputy died Tuesday afternoon in a traffic crash with a combine.
Deputy Austin "Melvin" Richardson, 37, was in a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle when he collided with a southbound combine on U.S. 275 driven by a Missouri man. The crash happened around 12:35 p.m., just south of Sidney, which sits about 12 miles north of the Missouri border, the Des Moines Register reports.
The combine was wider than the width of the lane it was in, according to a crash report from the Iowa State Patrol, and the left front tire on the combine was across the center line when Richardson's vehicle collided with it.
Deputy Richardson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the crash report.