Rain and standing water contribute to Page County crash


August 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The rain was a much welcomed event across southwest Iowa overnight and early this (Thursday) morning, but a southwest Iowa teen probably wishes it hadn’t rained quite so much. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year old Koreen Polsley, of Essex, suffered minor injuries, when the car she was driving crashed after it hydroplaned on standing water in tire tracks on a gravel road.

The 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling north on H Avenue at around 6:30-a.m., when it went out of control, slid sideways on a washboard gravel road, entered a ditch and struck a tree. The car then spun around and slide over other, smaller trees before coming to rest on another small tree.

Polsley was transported by private vehicle to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Officials say standing water in the tire tracks and the washboard road conditions created by previously dry conditions, contributed to the crash. Damage to the vehicle amounted to $2,000. No citations were issued.