Authorities in Pottawattamie County today (Tuesday), released additional details about three separate motorcycle accidents that took place Sunday, one of which resulted in a fatality. Lt. Rob Ambrose, with the Pott. County Sheriff’s Office, told KJAN News 67-year old Daniel Barnes, of Carter Lake, died in a crash that took place at around 2:50-p.m. Sunday about three-miles north of Council Bluffs on L-34, north and west of Railroad Highway.
Ambrose says Barnes was driving a 2007 Yamaha pulling a trailer, when he lost control of the cycle and went into a ditch. Barnes, who was wearing a helmet, later died from his injuries at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), in Omaha. A witness told deputies said a group of motorcyclists was passing another vehicle, and Barnes lost control when he came up on the group as they slowed up. He hit the brakes, causing the trailer to go sideways, resulting in the crash.
Another accident happened at around 2:26-p.m. near Walnut, at approximately 510th Street and Sumac. Lt. Ambrose said 40-year old Gary Stephens, of Red Oak, was driving a 1999 Harley Davidson eastbound on Sumac, when the cycle went out of control on an S curve in the road. Stephens locked up the brakes and skidded about 200-feet. Stephens and his passenger, 42-year old Tiffany Palmer, of Red Oak, were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital before being flown to the UNMC in Omaha. The pair was not wearing their helmets. Their injuries were not considered to be life threatening. Ambrose says Stephens was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
And, at around 4-p.m., an accident took place in the 23000 block of 205th Street near Crescent, when 66-year old Rodney VanScoy, of Omaha, lost control of the 1999 Harley Davidson he was driving as he was traveling north on 205th and attempting to make a left turn. The cycle went into a ditch. Speed appears to have been a factor in the crash, according to Ambrose. VanScoy was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control.