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Bode man dies in crash south of Thor

November 30, 2012
By BILL SHEA, bshea@messengernews.net , Messenger News

THOR - One man was killed and another was injured when a car and a semitrailer collided at a rural Humboldt County intersection Friday afternoon.

The truck landed upside down next to a pair of utility poles. Live wires on the poles delayed efforts to rescue the truck driver, who survived the crash, according to state troopers.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the dead man as Mathias J. Berte, 35, of Bode. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari
MidAmerican Energy crews work over a feed truck that was involved in a fatal accident Friday afternoon just south of Thor.

The injured man was identified as Kevin R. Nichols, 35, of Fort Dodge. He was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge where he was treated and released, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers reported that the crash happened at 12:24 p.m. at the intersection of Humboldt County roads P66 and C54, two miles south of Thor. According to the State Patrol, Berte was driving a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire west on Humboldt County Road C54 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the path of Nichols' 2000 International truck, which was northbound on Humboldt County Road P66.

The car ended up in a ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection. The semitrailer, which was loaded with livestock feed, went into the ditch on the west side of Humboldt County Road P66 and rolled onto its top.

The removal of Nichols from the truck had to be postponed until electricity was shut off.

The regional hazardous materials team from the Fort Dodge Fire Department was called to the scene to deal with leaking diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid and liquids from the electrical transformers on the utility poles. Firefighter Jason Vandi, the team coordinator, said the unit didn't take any action because of the presence of the live electrical wires and the fact that the leaks weren't posing an immediate threat. He said a private contractor hired by MidAmerican Energy cleaned up the spills later Friday afternoon.

Also responding to the scene were Humboldt County sheriff's deputies; firefighters from Thor, Eagle Grove, Humboldt and Renwick; and ambulance crews from Humboldt and Renwick.

 
 

 

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