December 24, 2013

Three Guatemalan men - two brothers and their uncle - crashed on their two-hour commute to work Friday, and two of them died.

Ignacio Zuleta-Soto, 43, drove westbound on U.S. Highway 20 just west of Early about 4:50 a.m. when his minivan went into the highway's median for an unknown reason and tumbled an unspecified number of times, Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said in a press release.

Zuleta-Soto, who wore a seatbelt, and his nephew Jeronimo Piox-Zuleta, 30, who did not wear a seatbelt and was thrown from the backseat of the minivan, died in the crash.

The men lived in Eagle Grove and were driving to Sioux City that morning to do construction work. They both have wives and children who live in Guatemala, McClure said.

The third man in the vehicle, Gabino Piox-Zuleta, wore a seatbelt and survived the crash. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, treated and released.

McClure said the crash was not likely caused by icy roads or inclement weather.