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Trucker Injured in Semi Tanker Crash With Train in Sioux City, IA

SIOUX CITY, IA – A trucker was injured in a semi tanker crash with a train in Sioux City, IA on September 16, 2013. The collision up-ended the tanker carrying fertilizer and flipped it on top of the semi truck, crushing the cab and pinning the injured driver inside until rescue workers could extricate him.

A semi truck pulling a tanker trailer crashed with a train and flipped over in Sioux City, IA on September 16, 2013.

A semi truck, pulling a tanker trailer, collided with a train in Sioux City, IA on September 16, 2013.

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Driver Seriously Injured in Walcott Iowa Truck Accident on I-80

WALCOTT, IA – A semi driver was seriously injured in a truck accident Thursday, February 3, on an icy highway in Scott County, Iowa. A semi tractor trailer rear-ended a semi flatbed truck on Interstate 80 near the city of Walcott, Iowa. The accident area is in the far eastern part of the state near the Illinois border, about 99 miles south of Platteville, Wisconsin and about 43 miles west of Geneseo, Illinois.

On Thursday afternoon, February 3, traffic was moving slowly on Interstate 80 as it stretches across Iowa and Illinois. A recent blizzard on Tuesday and Wednesday had closed the interstate for more than a day. Motorists on the recently reopened highway were driving on frozen roads with a massive amount of snow and sub zero wind chills when the truck accident happened. ... Read More

Two Injured in DeWitt Iowa Truck Accident

DEWITT, IA – Two people were injured Friday morning, January 14, in a truck accident on a highway in Clinton County, Iowa. The two vehicle crash would scatter debris across the southbound lanes of Interstate 61 near the exit for the city of DeWitt, IA. The accident area is in the eastern part of the state near the Illinois border.

On Friday morning an unidentified semi truck driver was traveling through the eastern part of Iowa, driving south on I-61. Authorities have not released the destination and cargo the truck was carrying at the time of the truck accident. The name of the trucking company that owns the semi is also not known. ... Read More

Driver Charged in Deadly Des Moines Iowa Truck Accident

DES MOINES, IA – The driver of a semi trailer was charged Monday, October 11, after an early morning truck accident on a busy street in Des Moines, Iowa. The driver may face additional charges in the crash that happened on Southeast 14th Street and also involved a pick-up truck and a passenger car. The truck accident area is in the central section of the state, about 135 miles east of Omaha, Nebraska and about 172 miles west of Rock Island, Illinois.

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Tanker Truck Flips Over on I-380 Overpass in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – A tanker truck flipped over early Wednesday morning, Aug 4, on an interstate overpass in Linn County, Iowa. The single vehicle truck accident happened when the liquid chemicals in the tanker shifted as the semi tanker moved through Cedar Rapids on Interstate 380 near Wright Brothers Blvd. The accident area is in the central east section of the state about 168 miles south of Rochester, Minnesota and about 174 miles north of Hannibal, Missouri.

At the time of the rollover truck accident, Mr. Short was on his way to Red Star Yeast in Cedar Rapids after picking up his cargo in Muscatine, IA. The tanker truck is owned by K.A. Steel Chemicals a chemical manufacturer and distributing company based in Lemont, Illinois.

At around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning 39 year old Joe Short of Colona, Illinois was driving a semi tanker truck north on Interstate 380 through Linn County, IA. The tank on the semi truck was loaded with about 50,000 pounds of sodium hydroxide, a liquid chemical that is also known as lye or caustic soda. Sodium hydroxide is potentially harmful and can irritate or damage a person’s eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. ... Read More

Semi Truck Crashes with Ambulance, Kills Two in Iowa

BEAVER, IA – A semi trailer truck crashed with an ambulance Thursday morning, May 13, 2010, in Boone County, Iowa, killing two people inside the emergency vehicle. The deadly truck accident occurred on US 30 Highway in the rural town of Beaver, IA about 60 miles northwest of the city of Des Moines. The accident area is in the central section of the state, 146 miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska and 138 miles west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Rescue teams from several local departments rushed to the scene of the truck accident, including Ogden Fire and Rescue and the Grand Junction Fire Department, and worked to give aid at the site.

At around 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning 49 year old Dennis Good of Ogden, IA was driving a 2001 Western Star semi trailer truck east on US 30. The 18 wheeler truck was owned by G&M Truck Line, based in Ogden, and was hauling a load of livestock. ... Read More

Iowa Man Dies after Head-On Collision with Semi Truck

MERRILL, IA – An Iowa man died from injuries he suffered in a head-on collision with a semi truck on Tuesday. The accident happened in Plymouth County on U.S. 75, a mile north of Merrill, Iowa. The accident area is in the northwest corner of the state near the border with South Dakota, 115 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska and 216 miles northwest of Des Moines, IA.

Pickup truck collides with semi truck in Merril IA; Pickup driver killed

Pickup truck collides with semi truck in Merril IA; Pickup driver killed

Tuesday morning at around 8:00 a.m., Juan Chagolla, 46 years old, and Rosalinda, 41 years old, of Le Mars, IA were southbound on U.S. 75 in their 2003 Chevrolet pick up truck. The road surfaces were icy due to winter weather conditions, and it appears that Mr. Chagolla lost traction and skidded on the slippery highway. The Chagolla pick up truck crossed over the highway median and into the northbound lanes of U.S. 75, directly in the path of an oncoming 2005 International semi truck which was pulling a gas tanker.

The truck driver, 46 year old Todd Saunders of Sioux City, IA, attempted to avoid an accident but there was not enough time and he slammed head on into the Chagolla’s pick up truck. The head-on collision pushed the smaller pick up truck into a nearby ditch.


An officer with the Plymouth County Conservation Department was a witness to the fatal truck accident as he was already at the scene, investigating another vehicle that ended up in the ditch. Officers from the Le Mars Police Department and officials with the Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement office also reported to the truck accident scene.

In addition, emergency personnel from Merrill Ambulance and Le Mars Ambulance responded to the scene of the truck accident, where they found that Mr. Chagolla had suffered fatal injuries in the collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Mrs. Chagolla was treated and stabilized at the accident scene and then transported to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, IA. After initial examination and treatment she was transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. A Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday that Mrs. Chagolla was still hospitalized and her condition was listed as serious.

The truck driver, Mr. Saunders, received minor injuries in the truck collision. Emergency workers treated him at the scene and then he was released.

The tractor trailer was apparently able to remain upright after colliding with the pick up truck, and there were no reports that it was disabled. There were also no reports that the 18 wheeler spilled any fuel or that the gas tanker lost any of its contents.

The officers believe that the icy road conditions led to the truck accident, and the investigation remains open. No charges or citations have been issued at this time.

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Road conditions contribute to more than half of all deaths in vehicular crashes nationally – more than drunken driving, speeding or nonuse of seatbelts – according to a study commissioned by an industry group that advocates for boosting spending on road construction. More than half of U.S. highway fatalities are related to deficient roadway conditions – a substantially more lethal factor than drunk driving, speeding or non-use of safety belts – according to a landmark study released on July 1, 2009. Ten roadway-related crashes occur every minute (5.3 million a year) and also contribute to 38 percent of non-fatal injuries the report found. Read more about “Defective Hazardous or Unsafe Roads.”

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Oxford IA Semi Truck Accident on I-80 Near Cedar Rapids – Injuries

OXFORD, IA – A semi truck crashed into a construction zone on Interstate 80 on Monday, Oct 19 around 11:13 am in Oxford, Iowa near Cedar Rapids. The semi truck accident injured 4 construction workers and occurred when a tractor trailer, driven by Gary Lee Green, 45 years old from Florence, KY, struck a concrete barrier and then collided with a cement truck.

Photo credit: Press-Citizen / Dan Williamson

Photo credit: Iowa City Press-Citizen / Dan Williamson

The construction workers were injured by the debris from the accident and were transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by ambulance while the driver of the semi truck was airlifted to the hospital.

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The location of the semi truck accident was in the westbound lanes of the Interstate 80 bridge over Black Hawk Avenue at Exit 230

The identities of the injured workers were reported by the Iowa City Press-Citizen as Jack Herberger, 25 years old and Dean Herberger, 55 years old both from Indianola,  Lawrence Isaac Schropp, 53 years old from Parnell and Manuel de Jesus Dominguez, 32 years old from Des Moines.

The semi truck driver was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 and authorities believe that driver was unaware that the lane was becoming more narrow at the time he struck the concrete divider. Authorities believe after Green hit the concrete barrier that the semi truck jumped part of the divider and barrier then somehow collided with the cement truck that was in the construction zone.

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Contact a Cedar Rapids truck accident attorney if you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Find an Iowa truck accident lawyer at today who specializes in representing victims involved in truck injury accidents.

Ames IA Semi Truck Accident on I-35 Near Des Moines

AMES, IA – One driver has died in a fatal head-on collision with a semi truck on I-35 just outside of Ames, Iowa about 35 miles from Des Moines. The semi truck accident happened early Wednesday morning, Oct 14, 2009 when the car, a 1998 Ford Focus being driven by Paul Korkowski, 47 years old from St. Paul, Minnesota crossed over from the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 into oncoming traffic on the northbound lanes and struck the semi truck head-on. The driver of the Ford Focus was killed in the crash.

Iowa High Speed Chase - Fatal Semi Truck Crash

Iowa High Speed Chase – Fatal Semi Truck Crash

The fatal accident happened at the end of a high speed chase on Interstate 35 with the Iowa State Patrol that spanned across three counties. The high speed chase began in Franklin County where the Iowa State Patrol attempted to make a traffic stop after clocking a 1998 Ford Focus going southbound at 108 mph on I-35.


Troopers said that the suspect ignored lights and sirens and began to drive erratically. The chase continued south when a sheriff’s deputy in Hamilton County laid out stop sticks at the 126 mile marker.

The stop sticks disabled one of the car’s front tires but Korkowski turned off his  headlights and continued southbound on I-35 into Story County. Korkowski’s car crossed the median near the 116 mile marker heading into oncoming traffic on the northbound lanes of the interstate. After he missed several vehicles he crashed head on with a semi truck. Korkowski was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The semi truck driver was not injured. The truck accident is still under investigation.

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Cedar Rapids I-380 Semi Truck Accident Driver Identified – Video

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department announced that it was able to positively identify the driver of the semi truck accident that occurred on the I-380 on August 27th at about 1:25 am.  The single-vehicle fatal crash happened just south of the 5-in-1 bridge when the semi truck  struck a guardrail then caught on fire and then the semi’s cab tumbled to the ground under the Interstate at the Third Street on-ramp.

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KCRG reporter, Mark Geary described the accident: “A closer look at the semi’s cab you can see exactly how bad the damage is here. It ended up falling off of the top of the Interstate and smashing into the ground and the damage was so bad firefighters couldn’t tell if the victim inside was male or female. They’re also not sure if there may even possibly be another victim inside because all that’s left is a mangled mess of twisted metal.”

Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesman, Greg Buelow stated, “The cab is really obliterated at this point … as it hit the ground it was on fire. Fire crews used both water and some foam to extinguish the blaze.” He also said at that time of the truck accident that at least one body was recovered from the semi truck cab and that no further information was known about the victim at that time.

At the time of the accident, there was no word on the driver’s name or who owned the truck, but authorities did know that the driver was hauling a lot of appliances in his truck.

Cedar Rapids Police Department now say that the identity of the driver is Nusret Smajic, 31, of St. Louis who was driving a truck for Dino’s Trucking out of St. Louis. The driver’s identity was confirmed by the trucking company from their records and from the driver’s physical stature and from his wife’s identification his wedding band.

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