Wrong-way vehicle causes fatal accident near Council Bluffs Fri. night


January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed and three other people were injured during two-vehicle crash Friday night in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident took place at around 10:30-p.m., just south of junction of I-29 and I-680, just north of Council Bluffs.

Officials report a 2008 Kia Spectra driven by a person from Rogers, Arkansas was traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-29, when it collided head-on with a 2005 Nissan Maxima driven by Freda Zanabria, whose city of residence was not known. Following the collision, the KIA came to rest in the median. Its driver, whose name was not released, died at the scene. The Nissan came to rest in the west ditch.

Zanabria was trapped and suffered what were described as “extremely critical” injuries. Zanabria and a passenger in the car, 23-year old Cesar Caballero were flown by LifeNet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Another passenger in the car, 20-year old Luz Trujilo, was transported by Council Bluffs Rescue to UNMC. Zanabria was the only person in the vehicle to be wearing a seat belt. The hometowns of the passengers in the Zanabria vehicle was unknown to authorities at the time of their news release.