DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified two Des Moines police officers among the four killed in an early morning head-on crash on Interstate 80 that investigators say was caused by a wrong-way driver.
Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek says Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales were killed in the crash that occurred around 12:40 a.m. Saturday west of Des Moines.
Also killed were a prison the officers were transporting and the driver of the other vehicle. Their names have not yet been released.
The officers had been returning the prisoner from Council Bluffs to Des Moines when their car was struck by a vehicle driving the wrong way on the freeway.
Interstate 80 was closed in both directions while the Iowa State Patrol investigated the crash.
This story has been corrected to show that the crash happened west of Des Moines, not east of Des Moines.