Harlan woman killed in crash on I-80, Friday


January 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a 22-year old woman from Shelby County died Friday afternoon during a crash between her car and a semi-tractor trailer. Nicollette M. Johnston, of Harlan, died at the scene of the crash on Interstate 80, a little more than two-miles west of the Avoca exit.  Officials says Johnston’s 2006 Saturn was traveling west on I-80 at around 1-p.m., when, for reasons unknown, her car went out of control, entered the median, spun counterclockwise and came to rest on the eastbound lanes of I-80, where it was struck on broadside by a 2007 Volvo semi. The truck impacted the car on the driver’s side, causing it to enter the median, where it came to rest.

The semi, registered to Holiday Express in Estherville, and driven by 45-year old Bret Roberts, of Estherville, crossed the median and came to rest on the westbound lanes of I-80. The accident, which remains under investigation, closed the interstate in both directions, for nearly 4 hours.