Iowa State Patrol Investigates Two Crashes

On Tuesday just before 7 am the Iowa State Patrol investigated a single vehicle accident on Highway 218 near the intersection with Kentucky Avenue. According to the report Kenneth Ostofi of Durant was driving south on 218.  His car went off the road into a ravine.  He told officers that a semi was merging into his lane and when he swerved to avoid a collision he lost control.  Ostofi was taken by ambulance to Henry County Health Center.  His passenger, Sheila Ostofi, was taken to University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm, the State Patrol responded to a two vehicle crash on East Washington Street.  A vehicle driven by Julie Cravens of Middletown struck a pickup driven by Samuel Blint of New London from behind.  Blint had slowed down and was stopping to make a turn into a drive.  Cravens said she did not see the pickup’s brake lights but a collision sensor went off on her dashboard. She looked down and when she looked up again it was too late avoid hitting the Blint pickup.