Shelby Firefighter killed at accident scene


September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A volunteer, on-duty firefighter with the Shelby Fire Department was struck and killed by a car Sunday evening at the scene of an earlier crash on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 41-year old Michael Collins, from Minden, IA, was directing traffic at around 6:50-p.m. just east of the Shelby exit on I-80 eastbound, when he was hit by a car driven by 43-year old David Lee Thies, of Ames.

Thies‘ 2001 Honda Accord was in the closed lane of traffic when it hit Collins. Collins died at the scene. His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for autopsy. The accident, which remains under investigation, closed I-80 eastbound for about two-hours.