3 injured in Pottawattamie County accident Friday afternoon


August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three people were injured during a collision between a van and a truck this (Friday) afternoon, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says two Harrisburg, South Dakota residents were transported by Neola Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, following the crash on Interstate 80 eastbound, near Minden. Officials say a Ford Van driven by 46-year old Kimberly Martens, of Harrisburg, was in the right lane  and merged to the left lane to pass emergency vehicles which were putting out a grass fire. When the vehicles in front of her began to slow down, a 2003 Ford truck, driven by 36-year old Dennis Mohr, Jr., of Carroll, ran into the back of the van. Both drivers were able to move their vehicles to the right shoulder after the impact. Mohr was injured in the mishap but refused transport to the hospital. Officials say he was not wearing a seat belt. Martens, and her passenger, 17-year old Babbi Martens, were wearing their seat belts, but required transportation to Mercy for treatment of their injuries. The accident happened at around 1:10-p.m.