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[UPDATE] ISP: An Earlham man died, an Exira man and 1 other was injured in multi-vehicle crashes on I-80 Friday morning


August 6th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Dallas County, Iowa) – One person died and two others were were injured during two separate, multi-vehicle accidents Friday morning on Interstate 80 eastbound, in Dallas County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the first crash that happened at around 6:45-a.m., two-miles east of Des Soto, resulted in the death of 27-year-old Ryan Hougham, of Earlham. He was wearing his seat belt, but died from his injuries at Mercy Hospital, in Des Moines.

The second crash, which occurred at around 7:26-a.m., around one-mile west of De Soto, resulted in injuries to 62-year-old Jeffrey Munch, of Exira, and 74-year-old Teddy Anderson, of Webster City. Munch was wearing a seat belt. Anderson was not. Both were transported by EMS to Methodist Hospital, in Des Moines.

In the first crash happened near mile marker 112. The Patrol says a 2013 Chevy Impala driven by 27-year-old Ryan Hougham, a 2018 Jeep Wrangler driven by 42-year-old Melissa Woosley, of Redfield, and a third vehicle, were stopped on I-80 eastbound due to congested traffic from another crash.  A 2015 Ford F-550 driven by 38-year-old John Hillgren, of Bondurant, was approaching the stopped traffic but did not come to a stop. The pickup rear-ended the Impala, pushing it into the Jeep, which was pushed into the third vehicle.

The second crash happened near mile marker 109, and involved a 2005 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 62-year-old Jeffrey Munch, of Exira, a 2014 Dodge RAM 1500 driven by 74-year-old Rick Willadsen, of Earlham, and a 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 37-year-old Tara Erickson, of Greenfield. The Patrol says the Dodge, the Caravan and a third vehicle were stopped on the road due to a previous collision, when the Chevy pickup failed to stop. It struck the rear of the RAM pickup and sideswiped the van before colliding with the left rear of the third vehicle.

Both crashes remain under investigation.