Drivers killed in head-on crash in Louisa County

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A 64-year-old Wapello, Iowa man and a 22-year-old Illinois man died when the vehicles they were driving collided head-on along Highway 61.

A report from Iowa State Police said Richard and Ruth Bryant were traveling southbound in a pickup truck, pulling a utility trailer, when a northbound 2007 Honda Civic crossed the center line and into their lane just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Police said both drivers tried to avoid the crash by swerving toward the shoulder along the southbound lane, where they collided head-on just north of Grandview, Iowa.

Richard Bryant died at the scene of the crash; his passenger, Ruth Bryant, was airlifted by a hospital in Iowa City.

The driver of the Civic, 22-year-old Daniel Johnson of Naperville, Illinois, was also airlifted to a hospital in Iowa City where he later died.  Police said Johnson may have been trying to pass another vehicle as the wreck happened.

Police said all three people involved were wearing seat belts.

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