Third accident at 'North Y' injures two
Three accidents in five days in construction zone site
For the third time in less than a week, and second in less than a 24-hour period of time, traffic was re-routed at the North Y - where U.S. Highways 18 and 75 come together in north Spencer - when a three-car accident sent two women to the Spencer Hospital with minor injuries Friday morning.
According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigation, Elva Eleanor Dau, 92, of Hartley, was traveling northbound in a 2000 Dodge Stratus on Highway 71, and turned in front of a 2006 Chevrolet K1500 pickup truck that was traveling southbound on the highway. Jason Opperman, 30, of Manning, was driving the truck and towing a 2001 Crownline boat on a trailer.
The truck broadsided Daus's Stratus, launching it into the south ditch of the intersection. Opperman's truck spun out of control and collided with a 2000 Buick Century, being operated by Karen Marie Postma, 52, of Paullina, causing the boat to come loose from the trailer and land 144 feet from the where the trailer came to rest.
Both Dau and Postma received minor injuries and were transported to the Spencer Hospital by ambulance.
Damage to the truck, owned by John Henry Opperman, was estimated at $10,000 and the boat was totaled.
Dau's Stratus was also totaled and Postma's Buick sustained an estimated $2,500 in damages.
Dau was cited for failure to yield and Postma was cited for failure to prove security against liability (accident related).
A reported three-vehicle accident, at the same location Thursday evening, as storms moved through Spencer, was investigated by the Iowa State Patrol. No information or report was available on Friday and attempts to reach a representative at the District 6 office in Spencer was unsuccessful prior to press time.
A collision between a large truck and a Buick Park Avenue Monday evening just before 5:30 p.m., at the North Y intersection in Spencer, claimed the life of 63-year-old Leola Vanravenswaay, of Sanborn, and sent an Altoona man to the Spencer Hospital.
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce reported Iowa Department of Transportation officials have visited with local law enforcement to look at ways to diminish the danger "at what has become a very dangerous intersection" according to the release.
Travelers are advised to keep their speed down when operating in the construction zone and be aware of the detours and traffic adjustments that have been put into place. The construction stretches from the northern edge of Spencer to Milford.