Accident claims 3 Burlington residents' lives in Louisa County

Cynthia Beaudette and Joe Jarosz Muscatine Journal | Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:00 pm

LETTS, Iowa — Three Burlington residents died Thursday morning after the vehicle they were in collided with a school bus in Louisa County.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2005 Nissan Sentra was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 61, south of Louisa-Muscatine High School, when it lost control on the icy road at around 7:20 a.m. The car crossed the center line and collided head-on with a southbound school bus owned by the L-M School District.  

Katherine Newton, 78, Barbara Higgs, 75, and Mark Kaltefleiter, 50, died as a result of the crash.

There were no students on the bus at the time but the driver of the bus, Seth Singleton, 35, of Wapello, was taken to Trinity Muscatine hospital with unspecified injuries.

Louisa-Muscatine Schools superintendent Mike Van Sickle said he was relieved when he learned there were no students or staff involved in the collision, but his thoughts were with the bus driver and the people involved in the accident.

Van Sickle said the bus was enroute to pick up students and he’d been relaying that information to people calling the school to learn more about the accident.

Though he didn’t have a lot of details about the accident, he was able give parents the news they were hoping to hear.

“At least I knew there weren’t any students or staff involved,” he said.

A Louisa County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said  the Iowa State Patrol, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Letts Ambulance, Columbus Junction Police Department and Grandview Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.