Three people were injured during two separate accidents Friday on Interstate 80 here in Cass County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, two people on a motorcycle were injured when their rear tire blew out at around 8:35-p.m. about 2.5-miles east of the Wiota exit. Officials say a 1997 Harley Davidson cycle driven by 32-year old Robert Shuttleworth, of Sterling, VA, was traveling westbound when the tire blew, causing the cycle to go out of control and end up in the median. Shuttleworth and his passenger, 32-year old Michelle Gaffey, also of Sterling, VA, were injured. Both had been wearing their helmets. They were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Anita Rescue.
The second accident happened near the Marne exit on I-80 westbound, at around 4:50-p.m., Friday. The State Patrol says a 2012 Buick Murano driven by 33-year old Jessica Winston, of Bennington, NE, and a 2009 International semi driven by 44-year old Ceferino Oquendo-Garcia, of Omaha, were traveling west in the right hand lane of I-80, when the front of the semi hit the rear of the SUV. Both vehicles pulled-off the interstate at Exit 51. Winston, who was wearing her seat belt, complained of pain and drove herself to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be checked out.