IOWA HORROR: 3 Confirmed Dead, 5 More Injured In Jackknifed Semi Crash
Henry County, Iowa – According to the Iowa State Patrol (ISP), three people were killed and five others were injured in a multiple vehicle crash involving a big rig along Highway 34 on Sunday morning.
ISP said the accident happened at 3:26 a.m. on Sunday near mile marker 230. ISP spokesman Nathan Ludwig told the Des Moines Register that dense fog was a contributing factor to a truck driver losing control of his rig and jackknifing which led to the fatal scene.
The semi was just west of Mount Pleasant heading east when the driver lost control. The truck entered the left shoulder of the road and overturned, leaving the trailer blocking both lanes.
A Chrysler Town & Country struck the semi killing three people inside and hurting two others. The driver of the minivan, 74-year-old Vicki Morrow, of Ottumwa, was killed along with 44-year-old Daniel Yutzy and 44-year-old Kathryn Yutzy, both of Bloomfield, according to a State Patrol crash report.
Two 48-year-olds from Bloomfield riding in the minivan were also injured. One is in critical condition; the other was treated and released, Ludwig said.
The occupants of the sedan, a 31-year-old from Cedar Rapids and a 27-year-old from Ottumwa, were both treated at local hospitals and released, officials said.
The truck driver, who was still in the semi when it was hit by the two vehicles, was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released, Ludwig confirmed.
ISP is continuing its investigation into the tragic accidents.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow new developments.