Three injured in Harrison County Accident


June 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Three people were injured Saturday afternoon during a rollover accident in Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol says the crash happened at around 12:10-p.m., about three-miles north of the Mondamin exit, as one vehicle was passing another.

Officials say a non-contact vehicle was passing a 2001 Ford Excursion on the left as both were headed northbound on I-29. The driver of the SUV, 18-year old Donald Bennett, of Arlington, TN, became nervous and moved to the right. Once Bennett realized he was too close to the concrete barrier, he moved back over to the left, causing the SUV to swerve.

Bennett overcorrected, causing the Excursion to go out of control and enter a spin. It then left the roadway and rolled several times into the east ditch. Bennett remained trapped in the vehicle for time before he was flown by Mercy Air Care to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.

Two passengers in the SUV, 16-year old Amanda Bennett and 56-year old Mary Bennett, were transported by Mondamin Rescue to the Onawa Hospital. All of the vehicles’ occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

The Patrol says Donald Bennett was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The SUV he was driving sustained $15,000 damage.