One person was killed, several injured, in a head-on crash in southwest Iowa this morning. Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Brian Michelsen says the accident happened on Interstate 29 near the Honey Creek exit, north of Council Bluffs, about 7:30 A.M. Sergeant Michelsen says the wreck occurred in a construction area where both directions of traffic were sharing one side of the interstate.
“There was a construction cone laying in the northbound lane,” Michelsen says. “The northbound vehicle swerved to go around that construction cone and went off into the edge of the grass and the median, lost control, came back onto the interstate and slid sideways into the southbound lane and was stuck by a southbound minivan.” He says the car and the van had a fiery collision.
“The northbound car split in half with the back half of the car exploding and the driver of that vehicle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and was declared deceased at the scene.” At least two occupants from the van were airlifted to an Omaha hospital in serious condition.
No names were released. Michelsen says it appears the car’s driver, who was killed, had been going too fast for conditions. That section of interstate was closed for more than two hours.