Semi crashes into Minden home, driver dies


December 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story earlier this morning about a semi crashing into a home in Minden, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s office this (Friday) afternoon, said the driver of the semi has died. Officials say at around 7:18-a.m., deputies were dispatched to 210 Lincoln Street in Minden, where they found a 2003 Peterbilt semi tractor trailer had left County Road L-66 from Lincoln Street, on the east side of the road, and collided into the front of a residence. No one was in the home at the time.

The unidentified driver of the semi was unresponsive when the initial 9-1-1 call was made. The driver’s brother arrived on the scene and began CPR prior to the arrival of Minden Rescue. Rescue personnel continued CPR, and the man transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where he was pronounced dead about an hour after the crash. The Pottawattamie County Medical Examioner’s Office will schedule an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but officials say at this time, it’s possible the crash was related to health complications.

The house sustained visible damage to the walls and windows amounting to about $10,000, while the semi, registered to Charles M. Leaders Trucking, in Minden, sustained an estimated $30,000 damage.