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Semi Crashes into Southeastern Iowa Store in Fatal Accident

Written by on January 6, 2022

ST. PAUL, Ia.- An early morning crash in St. Paul, Iowa left a man dead and a semi buried in a local store.  The crash happened just before 4:00 AM at a “T” intersection of J38 and Main Street. 

Photo Courtesy Lee County Sheriff’s Department

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2015 Freightliner semi was being driven eastbound on J38 when it ran the stop sign at the intersection.  The semi left the roadway and crashed into the Tri-State Stove building.  The semi came to rest inside the store.

The driver of the semi, 61-year old Richard Cathey, Jr., of Senatobia, Mississippi, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A passenger, 69-year old Alexander Levell, also of Senatobia, was taken to Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington by Lee County Ambulance for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries. 

Photo Courtesy Lee County Sheriff’s Department

Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.  No one was inside the store at the time of the accident due to the early morning hour.  The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Lee County Ambulance service, St. Paul Fire Department, West Point Fire and Rescue and Iowa DOT.