Accident cause reported
The Iowa State Patrol reports that an accident on Wayland Road last Sunday that hospitalized four people was the result of a driver falling asleep at the wheel.
According to the report, which was published on the Iowa State Patrol Web site, a 2007 Ford FOC driven by Sharon Boner of West Chester was traveling southbound on the Wayland Road north of Crooked Creek at about 7 p.m. Sunday. At the same time, a 1992 Toyota COA driven by Melissa Anne Lothridge of Washington was traveling northbound. According to the report, Boner fell asleep and crossed into the northbound lane. The report said that Lothridge saw the vehicle cross into her lane and began braking and attempted to swerve into the southbound lane to avoid a collision. The report said that Boner woke up and swerved back into her lane, striking Lothridge head on. Both vehicles came to rest on the roadway. The report said the location was 333 meters from 305th Street and W055.
The report said both drivers suffered incapacitating injuries and were transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Also injured in the accident were Amanda K. Boner and Steven R. Downs, both of whom suffered incapacitating injuries and were transported by Washington County Ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Both vehicles were totaled. The report shows the Toyota was worth about $5,000 and the Ford was worth about $8,000.
The report doesn’t show that any charges were filed as a result of the accident.