Tall corn and weeds may have contributed to Page Co. crash


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A two-vehicle, non-injury accident Monday morning about four-miles northwest of Clarinda may have been caused in-part, by sun glare, tall corn and an overgrowth of grass or weeds. The Page County Sheriff’s Department says vehicles driven by 32-year old Joshua Bolton, of Clarinda, and 30-year old Patsy Orr, of Villisca, collided at the intersection of M Avenue and 180th Street, at around 8-a.m., Monday.

Sheriff Lyle Palmer said Bolton was traveling south on M Avenue in a Ford pickup, while Orr was traveling east on 180th Street in a Chevy Monte Carlo. Bolton told authorities that as the vehicles approached the intersection at the same time, he couldn’t see Orr’s car, because of overgrowth in a ditch, and a field of corn. Orr told deputies she couldn’t see Bolton either, because of glare caused by the rising sun, and the field of corn. Neither driver was cited after their vehicles collided, causing a total of $3,500 damage.