Trucker Confirmed Dead in Iowa Highway Pileup Caused by “Blizzard Conditions”
Wellsburg, IA – A trucker has been identified as the sole fatality in a large pileup on Highway 20 this week in central Iowa that involved more than a dozen vehicles.
Authorities are citing “blizzard conditions” as a cause of the deadly accident, which took place around noon on Thursday, just north of Wellsburg.
According to multiple reports from both the Iowa State Patrol (ISP) and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), 48-year-old trucker Mariusz Edward Jarosz of Addison, IL, was driving in the westbound lanes of Hwy. 20 when he struck a jackknifed semi-tanker, which was in the middle of the roadway.
The tanker, which was carrying 5,000 gallons of sulfuric acid, began leaking as a result of the collision.
Jarosz and one other individual, whose identity has not been released, were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
Sadly, Jarosz did not survive.
Approximately six other people involved in the pileup were transferred to area hospitals with minor injuries.
In total, at least 15 vehicles — including eight semis — were involved in the pileup, CBS2Iowa reported.
Both directions of the highway were closed for over 12 hours as emergency responders and the Waterloo Hazmat Team were on-scene.
It was reopened around 11:45 p.m. Thursday night.
Kimberly Hulbert posted a video on Facebook from her husband Ben, who was “the first vehicle that isn’t involved in the accident.”
WATCH it below.