Driver dies in Badger crash

BADGER – A rural Humboldt man died Wednesday morning after his car ran into a parked semi-trailer on the outskirts of Badger.

Joseph Earl Colwell, 90, was alone in the car when it crashed around 10:15 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lt. Kelly Hindman of the Iowa State Patrol.

The accident happened at the T-intersection at Paragon Avenue and Second Avenue Southeast on the south edge of Badger, Hindman said.

Lt. Kevin Kruse, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, said Colwell was heading north on Paragon Avenue when he drove through the intersection. His 1998 Buick Park Avenue crashed into the semitrailer, which was parked on property owned by the Nels Pederson Construction Co., 19 First Ave. S.W.

There is no stop sign at the intersection, although there are yield signs on Second Avenue Southeast.

While still under investigation, Kruse said weather may have contributed to the accident.

“It was foggy and drizzly out,” Kruse said. “The fog could have played a role in the crash.”

According to witnesses, Colwell may have become disoriented or had an issue with his cruise control, Kruse said.

Kruse also said Colwell did apply his brakes, but he wasn’t able to stop before hitting the semitrailer.

The Iowa State Patrol will continue the investigation, according to Kruse.

The Badger Fire Department, Vincent Ambulance, Trinity Regional Medical Center and Dr. Dan Cole, Webster County medical examiner, also responded to the scene.