Van rear-ended in another construction zone crash

Vehicle waiting for pilot car is hit; accident is second one this summer on Iowa Highway 7

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter Wrecking crews respond to an accident on the west side of the overpass on U.S. Iowa Highway 7 Wednesday. Injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening for both people involved, said State Trooper Brenda Rinard. The black minivan was apparently stopped where the road becomes one lane for road construction, when the eastbound Dodge Nitro failed to stop and hit it.

For the second time this summer, a car has apparently been rear-ended on Iowa Highway 7 while stopped at road construction that makes the highway into a one-lane road.

Injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening for both individuals involved in the crash Wednesday afternoon, according to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Brenda Rinard.

“The driver of the dark car was complaining of a neck injury, and in the red car they were complaining of a sore foot,” Rinard said. “Both were awake and talking.”

The Calhoun County sheriff’s office also responded to the scene.

Names were not available Wednesday evening.

UnityPoint — Trinity Regional Medical Center ambulance assisted Calhoun County rescue crews at the scene, and at least one person was taken to the hospital.

Apparently one car was stopped and the other car didn’t, Rinard said.

A black Chevy Uplander minivan heading east was waiting at the road construction stop just west of the overpass for a pilot car to take it through the one-lane section. It was rear-ended by a red Dodge Nitro around 3:40 p.m.

Only the two vehicles were involved in the accident, Rinard said.

Rinard said she’s been told the road construction involves crews adding rumble strips to the middle of the highway. They started at U.S. Highway 169 and are working west.

One man died in June this year in a similar accident when construction was being done at a different place on Highway 7. At that crash, three vehicles were waiting in the eastbound lane when a minivan, also heading eastbound, didn’t slow down or stop and crashed into a pickup truck which was the last vehicle in the line.

The driver of that truck later died at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.


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