Two Semi Trucks Collide At Rural Intersection west of Le Mars

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(Le Mars) — Two semi trucks and trailers collided Tuesday afternoon at the rural intersection of 190th Street and Iris Avenue, about five miles southwest of Le Mars. The accident happened at about 12:55 p.m. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo describes what had happened.

The driver of the 2007 Peterbilt truck with a flatbed trailer was hauling precast concrete box culverts and was heading west bound on 190th Street. The driver of this semi truck was taken to Floyd Valley Healthcare with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The other semi truck was a 2004 Peterbilt owned by Kellen Excavating, was north bound on Iris Avenue, and was pulling a side dump trailer hauling fill dirt. The driver of this semi truck was extricated from the truck’s cab by the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance Services, and the Merrill Fire Department. The driver of this semi truck did suffer some serious injuries and was airlifted to MercyOne in Sioux City by Wings 1 helicopter. Upon arrival at Mercy One in Sioux City, it was determined that his injuries were also non-life threatening. Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance Services, Merrill Fire Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department, and the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement all responded to the scene. It took nearly an hour before firefighters and rescue crews were able to successfully extricate the driver from the Kellen’s semi truck. The accident remains under investigation by Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Enforcement.