Mills County, Iowa - We have two Iowa drivers, one from Elliott and the other from Hastings. Who appears to be the at-fault driver is 55 and the other 80. When I read the Iowa State Trooper’s (ISP) accident description, I’m left wondering why the one crossed the center line. Was it driving under the influence, distracted driving (texting) or something else? The accident occurred on November 20, 2016 at 16:50 which is 4:50 in the afternoon. We have had no snow and little rain and so I can’t think weather or darkness had anything to do with causing it. I read just about every accident report I find. It’s concerning just how many accidents are caused by someone crossing the center line. I myself, drive differently. I can’t help it. In this case we have Alice Campbell deceased and two others injured. (Patti Jipsen and Barbara Irwin who is from Charleston, Illinois.) This will not be a good holiday season for these three families. And still I am left to wonder, why?

And from the Omaha News organization:

“Killed in the crash was Alice Campbell of Hastings, the patrol said.

Patti Jipsen, 55, of Elliott, Iowa, who was taken by ambulance to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and Barbara Irwin, 53, of Charleston, Illinois, who was taken by a medical helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, were injured, the patrol said.

Campbell and Jipsen were wearing seat belts, the patrol said, and Irwin was not restrained.”

ISP SUMMARY: VEHICLE 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 34 IN THE LEFT PASSING LANE VEHICLE 2 WAS EASTBOUND ON HWY 34, VEHICLE 1 CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND STRUCK VEHICLE 2 OFF CENTERED AND HEAD ON IN THE EASTBOUND LANE, VEHICLE 1 CAME TO REST IN THE RIGHT LANE OF HWY 34 WESTBOUND, VEHICLE 2 ENTERED THE SOUTH DITCH AND ROLLED ONTO ITS TOP FACING WEST INJURY NO 2 WAS IN VEHICLE 1.
COLLISION REMAINS UNDER INVESTGATION BY ISP

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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