A two-car crash Sunday hospitalized three people near Melbourne.
According to the Iowa State Patrol crash report, Diana Bustamante, 34, of Melbourne, was exiting Randhawa Travel Center on Highway 330 near Melbourne when she failed to yield and was broadsided by an oncoming car driven by Martin Glendenning, 30, of Olathe, Kan.
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Rod Larson said Bustamante was attempting to cross the southbound lane to turn onto the northbound lane when she failed to see Glendenning heading toward her. He said preliminary reports indicate that neither alcohol nor visibility played a role in the crash.
Although Glendenning, his passenger, Cezarina Glendenning, 31, of Olathe, Kan., and Bustamante were all wearing their seat belts, all three still suffered injuries, according to the report. Seat belt use saved their lives. Paramedics transported all three victims to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center for treatment.
The Glendennings were treated at MMSC and released while paramedics flew Bustamante to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. According to the hospital, Bustamante was in the critical care unit in serious but stable condition Monday afternoon.
Larson said Glendenning swerved to avoid Bustamante, but Bustamante accelerated to try to cross the street before Glendenning hit her. The combination caused the crash. Although he said he still needs to interview Bustamante and determine whether a mechanical issue contributed to the collision, Larson said Bustamante will likely be charged with failure to yield. He said he did not anticipate any charges on Glendenning, who was traveling within the 65 mph speed limit.
The Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Marshalltown Fire Department assisted the Iowa State Patrol with the crash.