Whiteout Conditions Lead to Many Accidents

Written by on January 17, 2014 in News

Well, if you looked outside your window last night or if you had to drive in it, you know that conditions were harsh last night with snow and strong winds created near white-out conditions.  Several cars went in the ditch and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department responded to several accidents.

One such accident occurred near mile marker 37 on Highway 218.  Ronald Fix of Ankeny was traveling northbound on the roadway when he lost control of his vehicle due to the weather-related conditions.  The vehicle crossed the median and southbound lanes, went down a ravine and collided head-on with an embankment.  Both Fix and his passenger Mark Wiggins of Prairie City, were transported for treatment to HCHC.

The Sheriff’s Office also responded to a three-vehicle accident on Highway 218 near Mile Marker 57 around 7 pm.  Kellie McKenzie of Mt. Pleasant was traveling southbound when she lost control of her vehicle on the icy road surface.  A second vehicle driven by Rebecca Fried of Olds was unable to slow down and struck McKenzie’s vehicle.  A third vehicle, Jan Daft of Burlington was also unable to stop and collided with the Fried vehicle.  Minor injuries were reported.

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