Semi accident results in no injuries

On Feb. 27 at about 2:15 p.m., law enforcement and medical personnel were called to the scene of a semi accident on Highway 151 northbound near Langworthy. The driver left the roadway and ended up in the ditch, with the cab suspended over Kitty Creek. The driver, from South Dakota, was uninjured. He was carrying fertilizer. (Photos by Kim Brooks)

Koob Automotive & Towing and Red’s Towing & Automotive were both called to the scene to pull the semi out of the ditch on Highway 151. They remained on scene into the evening hours.
Staff report

     The Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello Police Department, Monticello Fire Department, and Monticello Ambulance Service all responded to a single-vehicle accident on Feb. 27 at 2:13 p.m. on Highway 151. Brandon Scott Owen, 37, of Faith, S.D., was driving a 2013 Kenworth semi and trailer when he left the roadway, and hit the ice-covered shoulder. The semi entered the ditch, ran over a street sign, and continued down the ditch through trees and shrubbery, and through a fence. The cab of the semi came to rest in the air over Kitty Creek. Diesel fuel began leaking into the creek from a torn fuel line from the accident.

     The MFD was called on scene to control and contain the fuel spillage into the creek and ground.

     Owen’s trailer was carrying fertilizer and a granular fertilizer. There was no damage to the trailer.

     Koob Automotive & Towing and Red’s Towing & Automotive Repair were called in to remove the semi and trailer from the ditch, which lasted into the evening.

     Both the Iowa DNR and HAZMAT were contacted due to the diesel fuel leak. No more than 200 gallons of diesel entered Kitty Creek.

     There was $200 in damages to the Iowa DOT road sign, and $200 in damages to the fence, which was owned by Michael Jon Jacobs of Monticello.

     Owen was uninjured, walking around when authorities arrived on scene.

     The semi sustained $30,000 in damages.      



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