Indiana man injured when semi crashes into a pickup in Cass County


January 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An out of control semi collided with a semi and a pickup in the opposite lanes of  an ice-covered Interstate 80 Wednesday evening in Cass County. The accident resulted in one person being sent to the hospital. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the crash happened about a mile and a-half east of the exit to Highway 71, at around 6:15-p.m.

Officials said a semi driven by 36-year old Sara Anderson, of Ham Lake, MN, and a Dodge pickup, driven by 21-year old Richard Franks, Jr., of Knox, IN, were traveling westbound in the slow lane of I-80, when an eastbound semi driven by 28-year old Ryan Keasey, of Hamburg, went out of control due to the high winds and icy road conditions. The Peterbilt went through the median before colliding with a Volvo semi driven by Anderson, and Franks Jr’.’s pickup. All three vehicles came to rest on the Interstate, blocking traffic for about two-hours.

Richard Franks, Jr. was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, by Medivac ambulance. Neither of the semi drivers was injured.