2 injured during separate crashes in Pott. County, Wednesday


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The drivers of two vehicles were injured during separate crashes Wednesday evening, in Pottawattamie County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, at around 6:15-p.m., a 1986 Chevy Camaro driven by 52-year old Curtis Lee Fletcher, of Council Bluffs, was traveling east on Interstate 680. As the vehicle was about to enter I-29, it went off onto the shoulder and into the gravel. When Fletcher over corrected, the car came back onto the road and went out of control. It skidded sideways into the west ditch before rolling onto its top. Fletcher, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the car, but remained trapped, and had to be freed by mechanical means. He was transported by Crescent Rescue to Creighton Hospital in Omaha, for treatment of a broken neck and ribs. The Patrol says although alcohol was found in the car, Fletcher refused a chemical test for OWI.

The second accident happened at around 7-p.m. Wednesday, on I-29, near Council Bluffs. The State Patrol says 64-year old Patricia Chillingworth, of Fremont, NE, was traveling southbound, when the 2003 Chevy Tracker she was driving hit a large, unidentified object on the road. Chillingworth was injured during the incident, and transported by Council Bluffs Rescue to Mercy Hospital. A passenger in her car was not injured, and refused medical treatment.