Details released on Wed. morning Pott. County crash


July 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports four people were injured early this (Wednesday) morning near Crescent, when a stalled van  being prepared for towing was struck from behind by a full-sized pickup truck. The accident happened on Interstate 29 near the 62-mile marker, at around 1:40-a.m.

Officials say the driver of a 2000 Chrysler van, Christopher Zimmerman, of Omaha, and the tow truck driver, Jonathan Garringer, of Omaha, were standing in between the vehicles, which were parked on the shoulder of I-29, when a 2001 Chevy Silverado, driven by Paul Raymond Trudeau, of Troy, MO, struck the van in the rear, causing it to hit the tow truck. Zimmerman, Garringer, and Joanne Zimmerman, who was a back seat passenger in the van when the collision occurred, were injured. Another person,  Christina Baer and her infant daughter, Annabella Macvitte, of Omaha, were standing outside the van at the time of the crash. Baer wasn’t hurt, but the child, the Zimmermans and Garringer were transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, by Crescent Fire and Rescue.

The Patrol says Trudeau complained of a nose bleed, but refused medical attention. Authorities cited him for Failure to Maintain Control and Violation of Financial Liability/Accident related. Damage from the crash amounted to about $13,000.