Stalled traffic

Law enforcement reports 13 accidents Tuesday in Union County

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 5:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 12:55 p.m. CDT
(CNA photo by KYLE WILSON)
Union County Sheriff's Deputy Cory Luther speaks with two people involved in an accident 4:04 p.m. Tuesday near Southern Iowa Rural Water Association (SIRWA) west of Creston on Highway 34. According to a Union County Sheriff's report, Rodney Brown, 35, of Hatfield, Mo., was driving his 2004 Chevy east on Highway 34 towing a horse trailer when Amy Lo, 21, of Corning driving a 1996 Honda traveling west lost control of her vehicle near the curve on 190th street because of icy conditions. Lo's vehicle struck the side of the horse trailer coming to rest in the the middle of Highway 34. Brown's vehicle and horse trailer slid into the south ditch. Brown was uninjured. Lo was taken by ambulance to Greater Regional Medical Center. Her condition is unknown. There was no damage to Brown's vehicle. There was $2,000 in damage to his horse trailer. Damage estimate for Lo's vehicle is $1,000.

As snowfall continues to create slick road conditions and poor visibility, emergency personnel urge motorists to drive with caution.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, local police, deputies, firefighters and medical personnel had been called to numerous accidents and reports of vehicles sliding off the roadways throughout Union County. A total of 13 accidents had been reported in Union County Tuesday — eight of which occured within Creston city limits.

The largest accident occured outside Union County, though. A two-car, one-injury accident occurred 4:04 p.m. Tuesday near SIRWA west of Creston on Highway 34 (See photo above) The accident stalled traffic in both directions on Highway 34 for more than 25 minutes as emergency crews loaded one patient located in the SIRWA building.

Two accidents had been reported on Cherry Street Road, where snow drifts closed the road. In two other accidents on North Cedar Street at East Mills and Harsh streets, ice caused motorists to slid through intersections and collide.

"Don't be in a hurry," said Creston Police Sgt. Eric Shawler.

Motorists are encouraged to stay home if possible. However, if you must get in your car, leave early and drive slow, clear your windows of ice and snow for improved visibility, check the traction on your tires, and turn on the headlights so others can see your vehicle.

National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for snow and blowing snow, which is in effect until noon today. Total snow accumulation after today is expected to be as much as 7 inches. Today's forecast shows light morning snow with north winds around 20 mph with 30 mph gusts, and a high near 34 degrees.

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