Icy Roads in Iowa during February - Powershiek County Crash and driving with due care

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I-80 Crash in Powershiek County, Iowa on February 16, 2012 at 2052 or 10:52 pm.

Iowa driving in winter is all about the weather. As a driver in Iowa during February you just have to expect icy conditions and slippery roads. So when I read about this semi on I-80 overturning (driver noted on report as Larry Wheatley) and then an Escalade (Lawrence Michaels, Jr.) slamming into it I’m left wondering how fast the truck was going, what distractions if any, the semi driver had and just how bad and how long the road conditions existed. If the storm came in fast it means you driver that much slower. If the icy conditions were widespread then everyone has to expect them and adjust their driving accordingly.

This accident isn’t that hard to present, nor is it difficult to appreciate where negligence claims may be present.

Drivers taken to Mercy Hospital and Grinnell Hospital by ground and air ambulance.

Best of luck to both drivers.

Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:
 2012010131
 Type:
 Personal Injury
 County:
 79
 Crash Date:
 02162012
 Time:
 2052
 Location:
 INTERSTATE 80 EASTBOUND 187 MILE MARKER

 Vehicle 1 Year:
 2007
 Make:
 INTL
 Type:
 SEMI
 Towed By:
 HANIFENS
 Driver Name:
 LARRY G WHEATLEY
 Age:
 72
 City & State of Residence:
 LINCOLN,NB

 Vehicle 2 Year:
 2007
 Make:
 CADI
 Type:
 ESCALADE
 Towed By:
 DOCS
 Driver Name:
 LAWRENCE R MICHAELS JR
 Age:
 32
 City & State of Residence:
 CEDAR RAPIDS,IA

 Vehicle 3 Year:
  
 Make:
  
 Type:
  
 Towed By:
  
 Driver Name:
  
 Age:
  
 City & State of Residence:
  

 Injury 1 Type:
 Injured
 Name:
 LARRY G WHEATLEY
 Age:
 72
 City & State of Residence:
 LINCOLN,NB
 seat belt Use:
 Yes
 Life saved by seat belt:
 Yes
 Transported To:
 GRINNELL HOSPITAL
 Transported By:
 MIDWEST AMBULANCE

 Injury 2 Type:
 Injured
 Name:
 MICHAELS,LAWRENCE R JR
 Age:
 32
 City & State of Residence:
 CEDAR RAPIDS,IA
 seat belt Use:
 Yes
 Life saved by seat belt:
 Yes
 Transported To:
 MERCY HOSPTIAL
 Transported By:
 AIR AMBULANCE

 Motor Carrier Info (IF Large truck is involved)
 Name of Carrier:
 LINCOLN TRUCKING LIGHTING DIVISION INC
 DOT or MCC #:
 1823932
 City & State of Carrier:
 LINCOLN,NB
 Hazmat Involved?:
 Yes

 Summary:

   
VEHICLE 1 WAS EASTBOUND ON INTERSTATE 80 WHEN DRIVER LOST
CONTROL AND SEMI ROLLED ONTO ITS SIDE COMING TO REST IN THE
ROADWAY BLOCKING BOTH EASTBOUND LANES VEH 2 WAS EASTBOUND
INTERSTATE 80 WHEN IT STRUCK VEH 1 ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER
INVESTIGATION

 Officer Name:
 TROOPER WILTFANG 383
 Post:
 11
 Assisted By:
 NUMEROUS AGENCIES
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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