4 accidents in Mills County, Tuesday: An Icy bridge blamed for 3 crashes


December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Mills County were very busy Tuesday, investigating no fewer than four accidents. One of the accidents happened at around 2:50-p.m. Tuesday, about two-miles southeast of Glenwood on Kidd Road, at the intersection with Kane Avenue. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says a 1991 Toyota driven by 16-year old Ashley Hunter, of Glenwood, was traveling south on Kidd Road when for reasons unknown, it left the road and hit an embankment. Hunter was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

The other three accidents occurred at nearly the same time. Officials say the vehicles each went out of control as they crossed a bridge where ice had formed on the roadway. Each of the accident took place at around 5:35-a.m. Tuesday, about 2.5-miles west of Malvern, on Highway 34.

Officials say a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 25-year old Matthew Twehous, of Malvern, was traveling west on Highway 34, when the vehicle began to fishtail as he drove across a bridge. Twehous tried to take corrective action, but the truck skidded across the centerline of the road and hit the opposite side of the bridge.

At about the same time, a 2004 Dodge driven by 34-year old Justin Scroggs, of Malvern, hit the same patch of icy road on the bridge, causing the vehicle to fishtail out of control. The vehicle crossed the centerline and hit the opposite side of the bridge twice. And, about an hour later, a 2005 Chevy driven by 48-year old Carri McAdams, of Malvern also spun out of control on the increasingly icy bridge, as McAdams was traveling westbound. The vehicle hit the opposite side of the bridge. None of the drivers was injured. A dollar amount of the damage was not immediately available.