25 Car Crash, Multiple Blocked Interchanges; Iowa State Patrol Pleads with Motorists to Stay Off the Roadways


December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says the visibility on Iowa’s roads remains low due to high winds from the blizzard continuing its trek across Iowa.

25-vehicle pile-up on I-35 this morning. (ISP Photo)

Limited visibility paired with roadways completely covered in snow and ice, create dangerous driving conditions for motorists. The Patrol continues to urge Iowans to avoid travel.

At major interchanges and intersections across Iowa’s highways and interstates, traffic is becoming increasingly backed up. Roadways are being blocked by stalled and stuck vehicles. In some instances semis have jack-knifed, derailing traffic for hours.

Late this morning, the Iowa State Patrol was responding to a 25 car crash at the 150 mile marker along the southbound lanes of Interstate 35. Preliminary information indicates that due to near zero visibility, drivers were unable to see vehicles that had either slowed or stopped on the Interstate. A chain reaction of crashes then ensued. So far one person has died as a result of the crash. The roadway remains blocked and Troopers will work this investigation for several hours.

Additionally, the Iowa State Patrol is just now responding to a crash involving several semi-tractor trailers along I-80 by Grinnell. Eastbound lanes are completely blocked. Visibility in northern Iowa and along many other rural roadways is near zero.

Colonel David Garrison said, “It’s time to listen to warnings and get off the road. Iowa’s highways and interstates remain in poor condition for travel. Troopers will continue to assist motorists who become stranded in this dangerous weather. But your safest bet is to avoid travel altogether. If you don’t travel, you can’t become stranded.”