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Two killed in wrong-way crash on I-380 in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Police Department tells CBS2/FOX28 they received multiple calls detailing a car heading south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 380 around 9:10 p.m. (photo courtesy Iowa DOT)

Two people are dead after a wrong way crash on I-380 near the Eastern Iowa Airport Monday night that temporarily closed the northbound lanes.

Cedar Rapids Police Department tells CBS2/FOX28 they received multiple calls detailing a car heading south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 380 around 9:10 p.m.

CRPD says 69-year-old Robert Norton Jr. of Iowa City was driving his Toyota Prius south in the northbound lanes when he collided with a Volvo S40 driven by 28-year-old Jennifer Rae Koenighain.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Norton Jr. was the owner and CEO of KZIA, better known as Z102.9, and founded ROB-FM in 2016. Before operating KZIA, Norton Jr. founded KRNA before it was sold.

"His staff--the employees at KZIA and KGYM were his family," said Dirk Keller, a longtime friend of Norton.

KZIA released a statement, saying, "Our hearts are broken as we learn of the passing of two people in a vehicle accident Monday night, including Robert Norton, the President of KZIA, Inc. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved in the accident, as well as with their families and friends."

Koenighain was a patient accounts supervisor at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. She graduated from Mt. Mercy University in 2012.

CBS 2 was able to talk to Koenighain's brother, who says "She wanted to write, be a photographer, and she was a genuine person who I wish more people would have known."

A third vehicle with two people inside was also involved in the collision and were transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with non-life threatening injuries. They have been discharged.

The crash is still under investigation.

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