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Chain-reaction tractor-trailer injury accident on I-80 in Adair County Wednesday afternoon

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November 3rd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Adair, Iowa) – One person was injured and flown by helicopter to Des Moines, following a crash Wednesday afternoon in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the accident happened just before 1-p.m. on I-80 eastbound, about two-miles west of Adair.

Authorities say a 2019 Freightliner semi driven by 50-year-old Geno Khorava, of Palm Coast, FL, a 2007 Freightliner semi driven by 50-year-old Nicholas Cates, of Nampa, ID, and a 2007 Kenworth semi driven by 59-year-old Jeffrey Mokol, of Lenexa, KS, were all eastbound at the 73.5 mile marker.

Half of Cates’ semi was in the right lane with its hazards on for slower speed due the weight of its load. The semi driven by Khorava was behind Cates in the right lane. Khorava attempted to change lanes to avoid a rear end collision with Cates’ semi. The Kenworth was in the left lane near Khorava’s semi. The Kenworth went off the road to the left and struck a high tension cable barrier.

After Khorava’s semi rear ended Cates’ Semi, both rigs came to rest on the traveled portion of I-80. The Patrol says Geno Khorava, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by Mercy One helicopter to Mercy Hospital, in Des Moines.