Two Semi Trucks Collide On Hwy 60

(Le Mars) — Two semi trucks with trailers collided at the intersection of Hwy 60 and county road C-12, located at about six miles northeast of Le Mars.  The accident occured shortly after 12:00 noon on Friday.  South bound traffic was reduced to one-lane of travel for several hours.  Both trucks were heading southwest bound on Highway 60 when the first semi truck, hauling distilled dried grains, a by-product of ethanol, was wanting to make a right hand turn on to C-12.  60 year old Thomas Linstrand of Le Mars was driving the first semi truck.  The second semi truck rear ended the first semi truck.  The driver of the second truck, 51 year old Frank Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin says he was blinded by the glare of the bright sunlight and did not see the first truck’s turn signal. The second semi was pulling a tanker filled with organic waste material. Upon the collision, cargo from both trailers had spilled into a ditch. Both trucks and trailers had rolled on their side and were stacked next to each other. The cab of the second semi truck had caught on fire when fire officials arrived at the scene.  Both the Le Mars and the Oyens Fire Departments and the Le Mars and Oyens Ambulances responded to the scene.  Both drivers were transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital for what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.   The accident remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s office.  Also responding to the accident scene were the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Transportation.