(Le Mars) — Shortly before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, on Highway 75 about five miles north of Le Mars, an accident occurred involving three vehicles and injuring three people. One of the victims was airlifted to Mercy Medical
Center in Sioux City, the other two victims were transported to the Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars. Iowa State Patrol trooper Chad Peters explains what happened at the accident.
Peters talks about the injured victims from the accident.
Jenna Laughton, 17 years of age, of rural Le Mars was stopped on Highway 75 signaling a left turn in he northbound lane. Laughton was waiting for traffic to clear before completing the turn. Laughton was accompanied by a
16 year old female from Le Mars in a 1989 Chevrolet pickup. 28 year old Margaret Jakobson of rural Maurice was going northbound, also on Highway 75.
Jakobson struck the rear of the Laughton vehicle and both vehicles came to rest on the west side of the roadway. Jakobson had two children in her vehicle, ages 5 years and 18 months. Jakobson was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. Joseph Arens, 57, of Le Mars was southbound on U-S 75 and was unable
to stop. Arens made light contact with the Laughton vehicle. Arens was not injured, and his vehicle sustained minor damage. Laughton and her passenger
both sustained minor injuries and were taken from the scene by private vehicles. Margaret Jakobson was taken to Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Le Mars Ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. Jakobson’s daughter was airlifted by Mercy Air Care to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Her injuries are unknown at the time of this news release was issued. The Laughton and Jakobson vehicles were both totaled in the collision. The
accident is being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol, with assistance from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Le Mars Police and Fire Departments and Iowa Department of Transportation. Sioux Center and Remsen Ambulance
provided EMS assistance. The collison remains under investigation and charges are pending.