(updated 1-p.m.)Minor injuries during tractor trailer accident


May 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a semi tractor-trailer suffered what were described as minor injuries to his shoulder following an accident north of Atlantic late this (Tuesday) morning.

Semi in south ditch off I-80 Eastbound Tuesday morning (Ric Hanson photo)

According to the Iowa State Patrol, 60-year old Russell W. Hays, of Rock Island, IL., was traveling east on Interstate 80 at around 10:50-a.m., about one-quarter of a mile west of the Olive Street, or Exit 57 interchange, when the 2003 Freightliner semi he was driving went out of control, and entered the south ditch. The rig came to rest upright against a drainage ditch.

Hays was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic by Medivac Ambulance, for treatment of his injuries. Officials say he was wearing a seat belt.

(Ric Hanson photo)