Two injured in accident Thursday morning
KEOTA — Two people were hospitalized early today after a vehicle they were riding in slid off the roadway in the 1000 block of 190th Street in Keota and rolled over.
According to the police call log, the accident was reported with a possible trap and injuries.
Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar said this morning that one person was trapped, but rescue personnel were able to extract him without using any equipment to cut away parts of the car. He said the other occupant of the car was already out when deputies arrived on scene.
Two patients were transported by Washington County Ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Dunbar said there has been no status report of their conditions.
Operator Rollin Barnes was cited for failure to maintain control causing accident and no proof of insurance accident related.
The roads leading out to the scene were almost totally ice-covered, Dunbar said. He said that the accident had occurred at a sharp curve just north of Keota.
“The whole curve was ice-covered,” Dunbar said. “He took the corner a little too quickly, slid off and rolled the vehicle.”
The curve has been the site of several accidents. Dunbar said he doesn’t know if people hook their tires on the edge, which drags the car off the roadway.
Dunbar said there were at least four accidents Wednesday evening leading into Thursday morning due to icy conditions. He said that he had to come into Washington Wednesday evening and noticed the paved county roads were slick. He said even in front of the safety center, people were almost sliding past the driveway this morning.
Being aware of the road conditions is one of the main ways to stay safe, Dunbar said.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, Keota Fire Department, Keota First Responders, Washington County Rescue, Wellman Fire Department, and Washington County Ambulance responded to the accident.