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I’m not sure what was going on with the weather conditions on the western edge of Iowa, but Pottawattamie County sure got its share. In this accident the start of what would later be collisions starts on the opposite side of Interstate 80. The interstate highways in Iowa can get really crazy when the weather turns bad; making it necessary to watch both sides, but especially what’s coming ahead of you.

VEHICLE #1 WAS WEST BOUND ON I 80 AND FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL AND ENTERED THE MEDIAN. AS VEHICLE #1 ENTERED THE MEDIAN IT ROTATED COUNTER CLOCK WISE AND CAME UP ONTO THE EAST BOUND LANES OF I 80. VEHICLE #1 WAS THEN STRUCK ON THE DRIVERS SIDE T-BONE STYLE BY EAST BOUND VEHICLE #2. VEHICLE #1 THEN SPUN AROUND AFTER CONTACT AND CAME TO REST INT THE MEDIAN FACING SOUTH. AFTER IMAPACT VEHICLE #2 CROSSED THE MEDIAN AND CAME TO REST IN THE LEFT LANE OF WEST BOUND I 80. THE DRIVER OF VEHICLE #1 WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF VEHICLE #2 WAS UNINJURED.

Crash Information

 

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Date of Accident
1/13/2012

Time of Accident 
01:00 PM

County
Pottawattamie - 78

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)
Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012002341

Literal Description 
I 80 EB 37.75

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
300955.2

Y-Coordinate
4596747.


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Driver's Name - Last
JOHNSTON

First
NICOLETTE

Middle
MARIE

Suffix
City
OMAHA

State
NE - Nebraska, US

Zip
68154

Driver's Age
22

Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
Gender
Female

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
C - Non-commercial vehicle or commercial Veh w/26000 GVWR or less & either 16 Pass Design or Hazmat

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

B - Cor Lenses

Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
1 - Fatal

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
Trapped
3 - Extricated by mechanical means

Transported to:
PAULEY-JONES FUNERAL HOME

Transported by:
PAULEY- JONES FUNERAL HOME

Insurance Co. Name
Year
2006

Make
Model
S12

Style
4D

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
12000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
88 - Other (explain in narrative)

Speed Limit
70

Point of Initial Impact
07 - Left Side

Most Damaged Area
07 - Left Side

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
2 - Underride, compartment intrusion

Total Occupants
01

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
01 - Passenger car

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
99 - Unknown

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
03 - Ran off road, left

Second Event
04 - Crossed centerline/median

Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name
City
State
Zip
Number of Axles
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?

U
N
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T

2

Driver's Name - Last
ROBERTS

First
BRET

Middle
AARON

Suffix
City
ESTHERVILLE

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
513340000

Driver's Age
45

Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
Gender
Male

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
A - Veh w/26001 GVWR or more Towed unit is 10001 GVWR or more

Endorsements
Restrictions

B - Cor Lenses

Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
5 - Uninjured

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
6 - Not applicable

Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
HOLIDAY EXPRESS CORP

Year
2007

Make
Volvo - VOLV

Model
SEMI

Style
CONV

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
50000

Initial Travel Direction
2 - East

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
70

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
01

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
09 - Tractor/semi-trailer

Cargo Body Type
02 - Van/enclosed box

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Second Event
04 - Crossed centerline/median

Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name
HOLIDAY EXPRESS CORP

City
ESTHERVILLE

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
51334

Number of Axles
05

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
80000

Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?
2 - No


ACCIDENT ENVIRONMENT
ROADWAY CHARACTERISTICS
Major Contributing Circumstances:
WORKZONE RELATED?
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
Location of First Harmful Event
1 - On Roadway

Weather Conditions (up to two)
01 - Clear

Environment
1 - None apparent

Location
First Harmful Event of Crash (use codes 11-42 only)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Manner of Crash/Collision
2 - Head-on

Roadway
01 - None apparent

Type
Light Conditions
1 - Daylight

Surface Conditions
1

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
01 - No special feature

Workers Present?

D
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A
G
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0

 

NARRATIVE

VEHICLE #1 WAS WEST BOUND ON I 80 AND FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL AND ENTERED THE MEDIAN. AS VEHICLE #1 ENTERED THE MEDIAN IT ROTATED COUNTER CLOCK WISE AND CAME UP ONTO THE EAST BOUND LANES OF I 80. VEHICLE #1 WAS THEN STRUCK ON THE DRIVERS SIDE T-BONE STYLE BY EAST BOUND VEHICLE #2. VEHICLE #1 THEN SPUN AROUND AFTER CONTACT AND CAME TO REST INT THE MEDIAN FACING SOUTH. AFTER IMAPACT VEHICLE #2 CROSSED THE MEDIAN AND CAME TO REST IN THE LEFT LANE OF WEST BOUND I 80. THE DRIVER OF VEHICLE #1 WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF VEHICLE #2 WAS UNINJURED.
 

Officer
FUNK

Badge No.
413

Time Officer Notified of Accident
13:00

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
13:25

Name of Agency
P03

Date of Report
1/13/2012

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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