Two men died when two vehicles crashed and rolled Sunday morning on Interstate 29 about a mile north of the Crescent, Iowa, exit.
Alvaro Rodriguez, 18, of Omaha and Obed Orozco, 37, of Logan, Iowa, were pronounced dead at the crash scene, the Iowa State Patrol said.
Five others were injured: Omahan Joel Garcia-Lucero, whose age was not immediately known; Mario Amaya-Elizalde, 25, of Omaha; Alejandro Gardea, 27, of Omaha; Nicholas Miller, 25, of Glenwood, Iowa; and his father, Richard Miller, 49, of Pacific Junction, Iowa. None of their injuries were thought to be life-threatening, said State Patrol Sgt. Bryan Michelsen.
The Millers were taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Council Bluffs. The others were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Richard Miller was driving a 2001 Volkswagen Passat with his son as a passenger. The others were occupants of a red 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe that Garcia-Lucero was driving, the State Patrol said.
Both vehicles had been traveling in the right lane of northbound I-29 when Garcia-Lucero tried to move into the left lane and pass the Passat. He lost control of the Tahoe, crossed back into the right lane and collided with the Passat, the Patrol said. Both vehicles went into the east ditch, rolling several times.
Rodriguez and Orozco were not using seat belts and were thrown from the Tahoe, the State Patrol said. Everyone else, except Garcia-Lucero, had been using seat belts, the Patrol said.
Michelsen said the inside of the Tahoe was littered with beer cans and smelled of alcohol.
Both northbound lanes of I-29 were closed for about an hour following the 9 a.m. accident near mile marker 63.
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