Eagle Grove man pulled from burning vehicle after snowplow collision

EAGLE GROVE — A man was pulled out of his burning sport utility vehicle Thursday morning after it hit a snowplow, investigators say.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as Travis E. Wisecup, 27, of Eagle Grove.

Lt. Mark Miller, State Patrol District 7 commander, said the accident was reported at 6:57 a.m.

An Iowa Department of Transportation snowplow, driven by Jess R. Hout, 44, of Fort Dodge, was northbound on Iowa Highway 17, about two miles south of Eagle Grove.

At the same time, Wisecup was southbound on the same highway driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer.

The Iowa State Patrol reported that Wisecup was quickly approaching another vehicle that was not involved in the accident.

Wisecup lost control when he tried maneuvering to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him.

The Blazer crossed the center line and hit the 2006 International snowplow, which caused Wisecup to be pushed backward and into the west ditch.

The SUV caught fire after ending up in the ditch.

Witnesses came to Wisecup’s rescue, according to the accident report, and pulled him out of his truck.

Miller said Wisecup was first transported by Eagle Grove Emergency Medical Service to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

While Miller didn’t know the extent of Wisecup’s injuries, the accident report stated that his vehicle was totaled.

Hout was not injured.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

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