Today we have two fatal car crashes; one in Cedar County on March 3rd and the other in Woodbury County on February 21, 2011. Let's talk about the Woodbury one first.
It occurred on February 21, 2011 at 10:28 p.m. in the southbound/westbound stretch of I-29. It's a two-vehicle accident involving a very young lady, 17-year-old Mary Hughes of Salix driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero and 23-year-old Ryan Marx driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The weather is cloudy, the roadway dark but seemingly clear on a stretch of highway that is unlighted. This young driver in the Alero for some unknown reason was driving on the wrong-side of the interstate. She was driving southbound in the northbound lanes. At about the 130.5 mile marker the car and the truck hit head-on killing this young girl.
There isn't much to say about this one. Liability seems clearly pointing towards the wrong-way driver and in favor of the pickup truck driver. I've been studying wrong-way drivers now for several years, read hundreds if not over a thousand accident or crash news reports and have come up with the how to guide about avoiding them, not being a wrong-way driver and what to look for to stay safe. They are terrible accidents with very sad outcomes, what can I say.
Out of respect for the families involved I'll cover this first accident from Cedar County in another blog. Follow this link to read it.
A crash occurred in Cedar County on March 3, 2011
VEHICLE # 1 WAS SOUTHBOUND ON FRANKLIN AVE AND FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON STOPPED ON THE RAILROAD GRADE CROSSING A UNION PACIFIC RAILWAY TRAIN EASTBOUND IMPACTED THE PASSENGER SIDE OF VEHICLE # 1 THIS ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL.
A crash occurred in Woodbury County on February 21, 2011
UNIT 1 WAS SOUTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 29 IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES AT APPROXIMATELY MILE MARKER 134. CALLS WERE COMING IN OF THE VEHICLE TRAVELING THE WRONG WAY. UNIT 2, A PICKUP PULLING A UTILITY TRAILER, WAS NORTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 29. UNIT 1 STRUCK UNIT 2 HEAD ON AT ABOUT THE 130.5 MILE MARKER. BOTH VEHICLES CAME TO REST IN THE MEDIAN.
Any questions about the crash report may be directed to the following address:
Iowa State Patrol District 04 Office
3710 Highway 30 E
Denison, IA 51442-7560
Phone: (712) 263-4621
Fax: (712) 263-2325
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