One injured when car goes off Kenyon Road bridge

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
UnityPoint Health—Trinity paramedics and Fort Dodge Firefighters help the driver out of a Pontiac Gran Prix that went over the side of the Kenyon Road bridge Sunday around 4:30 p.m. The woman was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center with injuries that seemed non-life-threatening, Fort Dodge Police Lt. Dennis Quinn said. The car hit the pole at left on its way down, coming to rest in an embankment near the mini racetrack at Sunkissed Meadows.

One driver was lucky not to be more seriously hurt after she took a hair-raising plunge off the northwest side of the Kenyon Road bridge Sunday afternoon.

The driver, Sara Godinez, of Fort Dodge, was taken to UnityPoint Health–Trinity and released, said Fort Dodge Police Lt. Dennis Mernka.

“She was very lucky,” said police Lt. Dennis Quinn.

The accident happened around 4:30 p.m., when Godinez’s Pontiac Grand Prix was coming across the bridge northwest, away from the hospital, Quinn said. Somehow the car crossed the median, crossed the other lanes of travel and went down the steep side of the bank toward the Riverfront RC Speedway, next to former Sunkissed Meadows.

The car hit a pole on its way, and ended up in a ditch.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Fort Dodge police examine a car that went off Kenyon Road bridge and down the embankment Sunday afternoon. Lt. Dennis Quinn, left, said the driver somehow crossed the center line, and continued over the side of the road. It wasn’t clear what caused the accident, and no other cars were involved.

An investigation was conducted to see if she was operating while intoxicated, Mernka said.

“Our prelminary test shows yes,” Mernka said, adding that further results haven’t come in yet.

No other cars were involved, Quinn said. He wasn’t quite sure how the car made it from one side to the other, or if it had been airbound at one point.

A lot of people saw the wreck and called 911, Mernka said.

“She’s probably lucky to be alive,” he said.