State Patrol Identifies Drivers from Highway 30 Crash in Greene County

February 6, 2018 5:36 am

Highway 30 wreck

The Iowa State Patrol has identified the drivers involved in the three-vehicle wreck on Highway 30 in Greene County.

The crash happened shortly before 10am Monday at the intersection of Highway 30 and S Avenue. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 37-year-old Travis Davis of Wayland was traveling south on S Avenue, when he ran a stop sign and his 2018 Wilson 402H semi-tractor trailer, which was hauling hogs, collided with a 2000 Kenworth W900 semi-tractor trailer that was carrying 8,300-gallons of gasoline. The fuel tanker was heading west on Highway 30 and driven by 43-year-old Jeffrey Mercer of Osceola.

Davis’s vehicle continued through the intersection and ended up in the west ditch on S Avenue in a jackknife position. The impact of the collision separated Mercer’s semi-tractor from the trailer and Mercer eventually pulled over to the north ditch, while the trailer entered the south highway ditch and the fuel instantly caught on fire. Then 50-year-old David Reed of Jefferson was heading west on the highway in a 2013 Sierra 2500 pickup truck as he struck some of the debris and entered the south ditch, where his vehicle also caught fire from the fuel in the tanker.

Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams tells Raccoon Valley Radio that Davis was ejected from his vehicle and was eventually taken to a Des Moines hospital with life-threatening injuries. Reed suffered only minor injuries and was taken to Greene County Medical Center by Greene County Emergency Medical Services. Mercer was uninjured. Williams says Region V Hazmat was brought in as a precaution, but crews decided to let all of the gasoline burn off instead. Williams adds all three vehicles were totaled.

The Iowa State Patrol, Grand Junction Fire and Rescue, Jefferson and Paton Fire departments, Greene County Emergency Medical Services and the Iowa Department of Transportation Vehicle Enforcement, along with the Greene County Sheriff’s office all responded to the scene. Williams believes citations may be issued following the completion of the investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Raccoon Valley Radio will bring you more information as it becomes official.


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