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3 car accidents in 5 miles of Iowa interstate

The I-80 freeway in Iowa became quite dangerous for a stretch of about five miles on July 6, 2014, as there were three different accidents that police investigated all at the same time in that vicinity. They all happened within five miles of the exit for Walnut, Iowa, and they all took place in the span of roughly one and a half hours.

The first crash involved a bus with 40 people on it. The accident occurred right around 3 p.m., and the bus was traveling in the eastbound lanes at the time. The bus left the highway right around marker 46, plowing into the median. The police did not report any injuries from that crash.

The second accident happened about 45 minutes after that, in the westbound lanes. It took place near the exit for Atlantic, at mile marker 52. This accident was more severe, leaving one person with serious injuries when a semi slammed into the back of their vehicle. After the semi-truck accident, a medical helicopter was prepared and told to be on standby in case the person needed to be taken to a hospital.

Finally, a minor accident happened right around 4:25 in the afternoon. It was very close to where the bus went off of the road. There were not any injuries in that crash, and police reports indicate that it only happened because traffic had become clogged and backed up as a result of the first wreck.

When truck accidents cause injuries that are significant, it is imperative that the person who was injured knows what rights he or she has to seek compensation. The cost of a medical airlift alone can be incredible, not to mention the care that they will need after they arrive at the hospital.

Source: KETV, "Three crashes tie up I-80 traffic in Iowa", July 6, 2014

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