Two died in roadways in Appanoose County last year, continuing a decline from five in 2016 and three in 2017.

The Iowa State Patrol says 319 died on roadways in Iowa in 2018, which is down from 331 in 2017 and 399 in 2016.

Both fatal accidents in October happened on Highway 5 north of Centerville, and both were within a three-day stretch in mid-October. One occurred north of the Highway J29 and Highway 5 intersection when a vehicle left the roadway and ended up submerged in the Chariton River. The other was south of that intersection when a car came head-on with a semi.

There were four fatalities in Wayne County last year, their worst year in 11 years. There were none in 2018.

In 2018, three were killed on Davis County, four killed in Wapello and two killed in Monroe.

Polk County, the most populated county in the state, experienced the most fatal crashes of any county with 27.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian and can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com or by calling (641) 856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker

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Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.