Avoca woman injured in crash Thursday afternoon


January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier story about a crash north of Oakland Thursday afternoon, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says an Avoca woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, after the vehicle she was a passenger in, crashed following a collision with a semi. The Sheriff says 29-year old Randi Riessen, was transported to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.

The accident happened at around Noon, Thursday, on U.S. Highway 59 north of Oakland. Danker says a 2007 Chevrolet driven by 58-year old Jacqueline Riessen, was northbound on Highway 59 and attempting to pass a 2005 Peterbilt semi, driven by 62-year old James Reid, of Belleview, FL.  The semi was hauling a wide load associated with a wind turbine, and was being escorted by vehicles ahead and behind it.  

Danker said the wide load pushed Riessen to the west shoulder as her vehicle was attempting to pass. The woman lost control of the car, which veered back into the roadway and hit both the load and the trailer before the car entered a ditch and overturned.

Randi Riessen was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Danker says she was not wearing a seatbelt. Jacqueline Riessen and Reid were not injured during the crash.