Head-on disaster: Van driver dies after crossing into path of MNW school bus

Anthony Gibbins, of Fort Dodge, dead at scene; David Wienhold, of Manson, is airlifted to Des Moines hospital; no students were on the bus at the time of the accident

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Debris litters Iowa Highway 7 after a fatal accident Tuesday morning between a carpet cleaning company van and a Manson Northwest Webster school bus. The bus had no passengers on board at the time.

A school bus on its way to pick up students and a van collided head-on Tuesday morning on Iowa Highway 7 west of Fort Dodge, killing the van driver and injuring the driver of the bus.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the van driver as Anthony Gibbins, 58, of Fort Dodge.

The school bus driver was identified as David Wienhold, 65, of Manson. The State Patrol reported that he was taken by ambulance to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. He was later airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

There were no children on the bus at the time, said Sgt. Wes Niles, of the Iowa State Patrol.

The crash occurred around 6:45 a.m. and shut down Iowa Highway 7 for several hours near the entrance to the industrial park west of Fort Dodge called Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
The Manson Northwest Webster school bus driven by David Wienhold, of Manson, came to rest in the north ditch, with its hood resting in the middle of the highway, after a head-on collision Tuesday morning. Wienhold was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital with serious injuries.

The Manson Northwest Webster Community School District bus, a 2018 Thomas bus, was headed east while the 2007 GMC van was heading west, according to the Iowa State Patrol. Troopers reported that the van crossed the centerline and hit the bus head-on.

The van ended up on the north shoulder of the highway while the bus went into the ditch on the north side of the highway.

Traffic was being rerouted south to U.S. Highway 20 and north through Clare to avoid the scene of the accident while crews conducted their investigation.

The Barnum, Clare and Fort Dodge fire departments; the Webster County Sheriff’s Department; and Iowa Department of Transportation commercial vehicle enforcement officers responded to the crash, along with the Iowa State Patrol.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
A Fort Dodge firefighter rolls up a hose line at the scene of a fatal accident on Iowa Highway 7, as debris from the cleaning van and the bus litters the road. The driver of this Heavens Best Carpet Cleaning van was pronounced dead at the scene.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Anthony Gibbins, of Fort Dodge, was killed when the van he was driving collided with the MNW school bus head-on on Iowa Highway 7 near Harvest Avenue Tuesday morning. There were no students on the bus as it traveled eastbound around 7 a.m. State Patrol Sgt. Wes Niles said it appeared the van had crossed the center line and struck the bus.