(update 6:40-p.m.) Rollover accident causes fire south of Atlantic, 1 person injured


July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County teenager was injured during a single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday afternoon, about six-miles south of Atlantic and one-half mile east on Oxford Road (G-43), in Cass County. The Iowa State Patrol says 17-year old Jacqueline Wright, of Oakland, suffered from head and other, unknown injuries. She was flown by LifeNet Helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha following the crash, which occurred at around 3:18-p.m.

The patrol says Wright was traveling west on Oxford Road when the 2005 VW Jetta she was driving went out of control. The teen overcorrected, sending the vehicle across the center line and into the south ditch before it rolled several times and came to rest in a mowed wheat field on the south side of the road. Wright was ejected from the VW during the crash. Sheriff Darby McLaren said the teen was not wearing a seat belt.

After the car came to rest on its wheels, it burst into flames. The first persons on the scene prior to rescuers, pulled Wright away from the vehicle, because the fire was spreading to the surrounding field. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

LifeNet lands at the accident scene