UPDATE: A second person has died as a result of a car crash near a Fairbank ethanol plant. The car flipped several times and jumped a fence before hitting the pipes on Highway 281 Friday morning. Corey Annis, 23, of Fairbank died Saturday as a result of the crash. Brad Higgins, 49, also of Fairbank died at the scene. Some natural gas did leak, but did not cause a fire or explosion. Workers evacuated the nearby Hawkeye Renewables Ethanol plant as a precaution.
ORIGINAL STORY: One person died and another was hurt Friday when a car tumbled into into a natural gas main at an ethanol plant near Fairbank.
Authorities said Brad W. Higgins, 49, of Fairbank, was killed in the crash along Highway 281 around 5:35 a.m. He was a passenger in a car that rolled and cleared a chain-link fence before it struck a gas main near Hawkeye Renewables, 1277 102nd St.
Higgins was not wearing his seat belt when the westbound car went out of control, according to the Iowa State Patrol.
The plant was evacuated as a precaution and the highway was closed while firefighters worked to control the subsequent gas leak. Workers with a gas company capped the line before it created a bigger problem.
The driver of the car, Corey A. Annis, 23, of Fairbank, was flown to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo to be treated for injuries. Information about Annis’ condition was not being released, a hospital spokeswoman said.