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Fatal Accident Near Centerville

By Ellis Codjoe, October 15, 2018

UPDATE: The driver of the vehicle found submerged in the Chariton River was a 2006 Chrysler 300. The vehicle was owned by Cassey R. Sanger, 37, of Panora, Iowa. Sanger, unfortunately, was found within the vehicle after authorities removed it from the river.


UPDATE: The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release stating the name and identity of the deceased driver would still not be given out pending family notification.

The attempted rescue and eventual recovery operation was completed by a list of emergency personnel. In the beginning, Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire and Police Departments, and Midwest Ambulance were dispatched. Then Ottumwa Fire Department, Chariton Fire Department, Moulton Fire Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, staff from the Rathbun Marina, and Appanoose and Wapello County Emergency Management responded to assist.

The report indicated that the diving search took longer than intended because the strong current of the Chariton River took the vehicle 200 yards from where it submerged.


A Monday morning accident on Highway 5 north of Centerville resulted in a fatality.

According to officials, reports were received around 8:30 am that a vehicle veered off the road and submerged in the Chariton River which is eight feet deep. Authorities at the scene have confirmed that the individual driving the vehicle is deceased.

Recovery efforts were attempted for the rest of the morning and well into the afternoon. Divers went into the water to attach cables to the vehicle in order to have a tow truck pull out the vehicle. The vehicle was pulled out around 3:45 pm.

The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.

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