Fatal Accident Blocks Highway 3 in Remsen (Updated)


(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the fatal traffic accident that occurred Monday afternoon on Highway 3 and Highway 140 intersection, just east of Remsen. 19-year old Hannah Tjernagle of Orange City was heading southbound on county road L14 approaching the
Highway 3 intersection. For reasons unknown, the Tjernagle vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign. The vehicle then struck the middle of a semi-truck and trailer. The Tjernagle vehicle came to rest in the south ditch of Highway 3. As a result of the accident, 19-year old Hanna Tjernagle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The vehicle she was operating
was listed as a total loss. The owner and operator of the Peterbilt semi pulling a utility box trailer, 68-year old Randy Laube of Boone, Iowa, was westbound on Highway 3. Laube was not injured in the crash, and the semi trailer sustained approximately $50,000 in damage. Highway 3 east of Remsen
was closed for approximately three hours while law enforcement worked the crash scene. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Remsen Ambulance, Remsen Fire Department, Remsen Police Department, Iowa State
Patrol, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa DOT Road Maintence, and Stockton Towing. The crash remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office/Le Mars Police Department Accident investigation team with assistance from the Iowa State Patrol.




(Remsen) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 9-1-1 calls of a 2-vehicle accident at Highway 3 and Highway 140, near the Golden Pheasant restaurant east of Remsen.  The accident happened just before 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.    Upon arrival it was determined the accident involved a semi-tractor and trailer and a passenger car.  The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the accident resulted in a fatality.  Highway 3 traffic was being detoured while officials investigated the accident scene.  No other information is being released at this time.  More information will be released once the family has been notified.  The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Remsen Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa D-O-T Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa D-O-T Road Maintenance.  The investigation is being led by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office / Le Mars Police Department Accident Investigation Team.