Two-vehicle accident north of Atlantic, Saturday


September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered minor injuries during a collision between a car and a pickup truck this (Saturday) morning, north of Atlantic.

Mazda Protege in the north ditch off of Boston Road (Ric Hanson photo)

The crash between a Mazda Protege driven by Mike Anderson, of rural Atlantic, and a Ford F-350 pickup driven by Rick McDermott and owned by Smith Farms, of Atlantic, happened at around 10:30-a.m., about one-quarter of a mile west of Olive Street, on Boston Road. Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Ayers told KJAN News the car was traveling west on Boston Road,  which he described as being like a washboard. As Anderson tried to move away from the side of the road and was left of the center, the eastbound truck topped the hill and the vehicles collided, despite efforts by both drivers to avoid the collision.

Accident scene (east to west view) – Ric Hanson photo

Following the collision, the car rolled onto its top into the north ditch, while the truck came to rest on the gravel road. Anderson was treated for cuts and abrasions, but did not require transport to the hospital. Chief Deputy Ayers said Anderson was cited for Failure to Yield half of the roadway.

The car being loaded onto a wrecker.

While the scene was under investigation, the unoccupied pickup apparently popped out of gear and rolled on its flat left front tire, into the north ditch.

The pickup rolled into the ditch about 30-minutes after the collision.