No serious injuries reported in semi, van crash

Hazmat team called to clean up diesel spill

POCAHONTAS — No one suffered any serious injuries when a semitrailer hit a van on a highway east of Pocahontas Tuesday morning.

The semitrailer jacknifed and the van rolled over several times.

It happened at about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Pocahontas County Road N65 and Iowa Highway 3, about seven miles east of Pocahontas.

Seth Hanus, of LaPorte City, was driving a Ford Transit van north on Pocahontas County Road N65, according to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Justin Parman. He said Hanus stopped at the stop sign, but a turning truck prevented him from seeing the Kenworth semitrailer that Taylor Carpenter, of Buffalo Center, was driving east on Iowa Highway 3.

Parman said Hanus tried to accelerate, while Carpenter tried to stop. The semitrailer jackknifed and hit the side of the van, causing it to roll over, he said.

A passenger in the van complained of some pain, but no one was taken to the hospital, according to Parman.

The regional hazardous materials team operated by the Fort Dodge Fire Department was called to the scene to handle a diesel fuel spill. Parman said the saddle tank on the driver’s side of the Kenworth was punctured in the crash.

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said the hazardous materials team cleaned up spilled fuel and pumped about 70 gallons out of the saddle tank


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