Car, truck collide east of Fort Dodge

Four ambulances respond Sunday

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
A car and truck collided on an icy patch in the road Sunday evening, about three miles east of Fort Dodge on County Road D20. Initial reports indicated the car was traveling eastbound while the truck was coming west, when the car lost control around 5:20 p.m. Firefighters and EMTs slipped on the ice as they walked through the scene tending to those hurt. Three Fort Dodge Fire Rescue Ambulances responded as well as Vincent Fire and Ambulance and the Duncombe Fire Department. The Webster County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol also responded to the scene.

A car and pickup truck collided on an icy patch of road shortly after dark Sunday about three miles east of Fort Dodge.

Shortly after this, one car lost control and crashed into the ditch near Moorland, west of Fort Dodge.

More information wasn’t available Sunday night about the accident to the east, to which four ambulances responded. It was unclear how many were injured, or how seriously hurt they were.

The accident happened around 5:20 p.m. on County Road D20.

The car was traveling eastbound, while the pickup was traveling west, when it appears the car lost control on the ice, according to an Iowa State trooper on the scene.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Firefighters, EMTs and passersby help load the driver of a car into the Vincent ambulance after a crash on County Road D20. John Sorensen, Army National Guard stationed in Carroll, center, happened to be driving by when he came on the accident and stopped to help, offering his truck to help keep some of those involved warm.

One witness said the road “was a sheet of ice” when she came upon the accident before police arrived. She believed there were four people in the truck, while there was only the driver in the car.

John Sorensen, Army National Guardsman based in Carroll, happened to be driving by as well. He helped EMTs and firefighters carry the car’s driver up out of the ditch and into the Vincent ambulance, as well as offering his vehicle for the passengers of the pickup to stay warm.

Three Fort Dodge Fire Department ambulances arrived, working together with Vincent Ambulance and the Duncombe Fire Department.

The Iowa State Patrol is handling the accident. The Webster County Sheriff’s Department also assisted at the scene.

The second accident happened under similar circumstances, said Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Kenyon.

“There’s a lot of black ice out there,” Kenyon said.

About 6:30 p.m., a driver lost control of her 2004 Toyota Camry as she was driving west on County Road D36 near 230th Street, he said.

The car went into the ditch and hit a shed, Kenyon said. The driver was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center.

He wasn’t sure of the extent of her injuries, but said they were not life threatening.