Trucks collide in Montgomery County, minor injuries reported


June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered minor injuries during a collision this (Thursday) morning between a straight truck and a flatbed truck/trailer, about four-miles west of Grant, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say at a 1975 GMC straight truck driven by 69-year old Merlin Rasmussen, of Red Oak, was traveling north on Q Avenue at around 8:40-a.m., when he failed to stop at the stop sign at 110th Street. A 1998 International flatbed truck pulling a 2010 Titan flatbed trailer, and driven by 21-year old James Swanson, of Marne, was unable to stop in-time, and struck the GMC on the right front side.

Accident scene. Photo courtesy Brian Hamman, Montgomery Co. EMA

Accident scene. Photo courtesy Brian Hamman, Montgomery Co. EMA

Following the collision, the straight truck came to rest in the northwest ditch, while the flatbed continued down the north shoulder. The gooseneck of the trailer it was pulling became detached, and wound up in the north ditch. The flatbed truck then came to rest in the eastbound lane of traffic, facing southwest.

The straight truck, registered to Ronald Adams, of Elliott, was totalled. The loss was estimated at $2,500. The flatbed truck, regiestered to Wright Trucking, L-C, in Atlantic, was also totalled, with the loss  estimated at $10,000. The trailer it was pulling sustained $1,200 damage. Swanson suffered a bump on the head, but did not seek medical treatment.

Officials say Rasmussen was cited for Failure to Stop at a stop sign.