A University of Iowa student died when he was unresponsive on campus grounds early Wednesday when a midwestern polar vortex raged at arctic temperatures associated with at least seven other deaths.
Gerald Belz, 18, was found KCRG-TV reported shortly before 3 am behind an academic building on the campus of Iowa City. The early student was taken to a hospital where he later died.
TOTly POLAR VORTEX BLASTED MEANS WITH RECORD-BREAKING COLD, but believed the cold temperatures played a role, FOX28 Cedar Rapids reported. When the weather was cold, the temperature at the time the police found Belz was minus 51 degrees, according to the National Meteorological Service.
No suspicious game is suspected, and no alcohol was found in Belz's system, police said.
Belz & # 39; Father Michael described his son to KCRG as "mother's boy with a tough exterior".
Meanwhile, an 82-year-old man from Illinois was found outside after he was overthrown in his attempt to enter his home, the Peoria Journal Star reported. His cause of death was recorded in connection with exposure to cold. His identity was withheld until his family could be informed.
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In Indiana, a 22-year-old policeman and his wife were reported in an accident on an ice-killed road, South Bend Station WBND. Ligonier SUV officer Ethan Kiser was thrown on the way of another SUV, killing the couple and the driver of the other vehicle, 21-year-old Shawna Kiser, notifying the police
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while the deadly cold weather system is affecting most of the Midwest It was expected that a historic freeze on Thursday will subside, with some temperatures still likely to drop to lows before the region begins to thaw.
Before the worst cold begins to rise, the National Weather Service said Chicago could reach lows early Thursday, breaking the city's record on Jan. 27, 1985 of minus 27 degrees.
Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press of Fox News contributed to the report.