An early morning crash in Wapello County claimed two lives on Tuesday.
The Iowa State Patrol reports the crash took place at 1:14 a.m. on Highway 63 at exit 40. The collision involved a semi driven by Steven Searls, 58, of Auburndale, Fla. and a Pontiac Sunfire driven by Robert Lindsey, 50, of O'Fallon, Mo.
The report says the truck struck the car from behind as both were travelling eastbound on Highway 63. The car was going slowly, according to investigators, due to mechanical problems.
Two of Lindsey's passengers were killed. Tony Penberthy, 47, of St. Louis and Charles Haffer Jr., 44, of St. Peters, Mo., both died. Lindsey was injured and taken to Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
According to the patrol, none of the men in the car were wearing their seat belts.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.