On Monday morning, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported that two semi-trucks had collided in west-central Iowa, on U.S. Highway 30, a major east-west highway. The accident occurred about 10 a.m., in Greene County, between Jefferson and Grand Junction, Iowa, according to a local radio station. Reportedly, the semi-trailer was hauling a load of pigs and the other semi was hauling more than 8,000 gallons of fuel, which caused a substantial fire. The accident also involved a pickup truck.
Authorities said two people were transported to the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa, but no information is available on their condition.
It began snowing about 9 a.m. on Monday morning, and has continued to snow throughout the day, accumulating at a rate of 1 in. per hour in some central Iowa locations. The four-lane highway was closed for five hours to allow firefighters to control the blaze from the burning fuel and clean up debris. The highway reopened at about 3 p.m. on Monday.
Another major accident involving more than 70 vehicles, including both cars and semi trucks, took place near Ames, Iowa on Monday afternoon. As of 3:00, it was reported by KCCI 8 News that one person had died and at least five people were critically injured in the pile-up.
According to KCCI 8, the Iowa DOT is reporting that northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 35 between exit 113: 13th Street and exit 111: US 30 (Ames) are now being closed to allow emergency vehicles to access the multi-vehicle crash.
“Officials at the scene report a mix of injuries from serious to walking wounded,” KCCI reported. “People with inoperable cars are being taken to city hall on busses. The Red Cross is waiting for them to help out. Their cars will be towed out later.”
Westbound Interstate 80 was also closed this afternoon due to a crash, near the Van Meter, Iowa exit, KCCI reported.