Winterset man dies following I-80 crash in Adair County


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of a pickup truck died this (Thursday) morning when he was ejected from the vehicle as it went out of control on Interstate 80 near Adair. 32-year old Randy Johnson, of Winterset, died at the scene of the crash on I-80 eastbound, at about the 77 mile marker. Officials say Johnson was traveling west on I-80 at around 7:10-a.m, when he came up fast on an eastbound Freightliner van and swerved to avoid hitting the rear of the vehicle. Johnson’s 2008 Freightliner pickup went out of control, crossed the median and eastbound lanes of traffic before entering the south ditch and rolling over. Johnson was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. The Patrol’s report did not indicate if he was wearing a seat belt.

The accident closed both lanes of eastbound traffic for about an hour. One of the lanes remained closed for more than 4-hours, while authorities investigated the scene and crews worked to remove the vehicle from the ditch.