Clarion man airlifted after collision with Peterbilt on old 20

Pickup crossed center line, crashed into rolloff truck

A Clarion man was seriously hurt Wednesday morning in a collision just east of Fort Dodge between a pickup truck and a large Peterbilt truck.

Robert Rouch, 24, was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center — North Iowa in Mason City, according to Iowa State Patrol Lt. Mark Miller.

The accident occurred around 7:19 a.m. on County Highway D20, or 200th Street, close to Sampson Avenue.

The Peterbilt was a rolloff, a custom semi-truck sized vehicle used for waste disposal, Miller said. Its driver Jason Spicer, of Ames, was not hurt.

“The Peterbilt semi truck was heading eastbound, and there was a pickup heading westbound,” he said. “The westbound pickup, for an unknown reason at this point, veered off from the westbound lanes into the eastbound lane.

“The driver of the truck going east attempted to avoid and got off onto the shoulder, but the pickup collided into his left side of his vehicle, behind the driver’s area.”

Rouch’s truck was a 1992 GMC Sierra 1500.

Rouch was extricated from the vehicle by the Vincent and Duncombe fire departments, Miller said. Rouch was transported by Fort Dodge Fire Department to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene.