3 injured in Page County accident


May 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says three people were injured during a near head-on collision between a pickup truck and a semi Tuesday evening, in northern Page County. Officials say the driver of the pickup, 38-year old Gary Runyon, Jr., of Coin, was not wearing a seat belt. He was flown by LifeNet Helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center following the crash, which occurred at around 6:10-p.m., about 5-miles southwest of Villisca.

A passenger in the pickup, 17-year old Rocky Runyon, of College Springs, and the driver of the semi, 25-year old Phillip Kasha, of Villisca, were wearing their seat belts, but suffered injuries in the crash. They were transported by Villisca Ambulance to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

The Patrol says Runyon’s 1993 Ford F-150 was traveling west on 102nd Street at the same time the 1996 International semi driven by Kasha, was heading east. The pickup was just left of the center line when it collided left front side to left front side with the semi.