Big rigs collide near the Mall of the Bluffs


January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say one person was hospitalized following a collision late Wednesday night between two semis on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs.The Daily NonPareil reports 27-year old Rodion Korniyenko, of Oroville, CA, was transported by Council Bluffs Rescue to Alegent Health Creighton University Medical Center, suffering from with non-life-threatening head injuries.

Officials said 31-year old Emsad Music, of Urbandale, was westbound on Interstate 80 near the five-mile marker at about 11:15 p.m. when for unknown reasons he lost control of his 2009 Peterbilt semi truck. The semi went onto the shoulder, started to slide and entered the median, where Music swerved to avoid hitting a guardrail. The semi ended up in the eastbound lane, with its trailer swinging in front of an eastbound 2008 International semi driven by Korniyenko.

Following the collision, Korniyenko’s semi left the roadway and traveled down a steep embankment before coming to rest near a supermarket on Valley View Drive. The accident knocked the cab of the semi off the base, with the cab coming to a stop upside down, and Korniyenko trapped inside.

Music was uninjured in the crash. Authorities cited him for failure to maintain control of a vehicle.