WBFD involved in snowy crash by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · January 24, 2014
Snow and cold caused more accidents this past week and another school delay on Tuesday.
While Iowa City saw a 30-car pile-up Saturday morning, West Branch Fire Department responded about 8:48 a.m. to another chain-reaction crash just a few miles to the east, also on Interstate 80, at the 249 milemarker.
Fire Chief Kevin Stoolman said that it started with an eastbound semi-tractor trailer sliding off the highway, followed by an Iowa State Trooper getting rear-ended when he stopped to help.
West Branch emergency responders took a couple of trucks to the scene, including a Chevy Suburban used to transport personnel and carry medical supplies.
The Suburban was pulled over on the shoulder with its lights flashing but no one was inside, Stoolman said, when another motorist lost control and slid out of his lane, rear-ending the Suburban.
Two people in that car, as well as the trooper, were injured and taken to the hospital.
Stoolman said he was thankful that none of the West Branch emergency responders were hurt.
He said he hopes to have a estimate on the damage to the truck this week.
Equipment from the Suburban has been transferred to other WBFD vehicles for now, he said.