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Driver transported following collision with semi

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Emergency crews begin clean-up operations at the scene of a car/semi accident at the east beltway intersection Wednesday morning. The driver of the car, Nicole Christensen, was transported to Spencer Hospital with incapacitating injuries.
(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
A Spencer woman suffered incapacitating injuries after making a left turn and colliding with an oncoming semi truck on the east beltway Wednesday morning.

Nicole Christensen, 55, of Spencer, was traveling northbound on Clay County Road M50 and attempted to turn left onto Clay County Road B24. While attempting to complete her turn, Christensen's 2008 Chevrolet Impala was struck broadside on the passenger side of the vehicle by a southbound 1999 Kenworth tractor/trailer owned by D & K Transportation based in Ocheyedan.

Skid marks appeared on the street, suggesting Russell Meier, 67, of Harris, the driver of the semi, attempted to stop before the collision occurred. He reportedly sustained no injuries in the accident.

Nicole Christensen's Chevy Impala was knocked from the road into the ditch, after attempting to turn left in front of an oncoming semi at the Clay County Roads M50 and B24 intersection east of Spencer.
(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
The Impala wound up in the west ditch, south of the intersection.

Christensen, who was wearing a seat belt, was removed from the vehicle and transported to Spencer Hospital by Spencer Ambulance.

Charges against Christensen are pending.

The Iowa State Patrol was also assisted at the scene by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Spencer Police Department, Dickens Fire Department and Spencer Fire Department.

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for what reason can't people see semi trucks coming toward them???? this is ridiculous!

-- Posted by iowagirl on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 10:43 AM

Not taking sides of either driver, but because Iowagirl made the comment I want to respond. Have you ever considered that a semi can be compared to a train? For the speed that they are traveling with the LOADS that they carry, cars can stop quicker than the semi's or a train. If I was the driver that was sent to the hospital, I would expect to be cited for my partial responsibility of the accident for failure to observe oncoming traffic. It's not always the truck driver's fault, like it's not always the train engineer's fault for failing to stop their trains on a dime!

-- Posted by NWIowaWoman on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 11:54 AM

It appears you misconstrued the original comment, based on your commentary, which is completely contrary to what was posted.

Also, the article says charges are pending against N.C. (not the Truck Driver).

Common sense tells a person everything they need to know about Semi's and Trains. Apparently there was some sort of distraction or daydreaming or whatever, that's why they're called accidents. That's also why they have charges when one person is apparently at fault, which on the surface appears to be the case.

Hope she is OK.

-- Posted by Dick Butkus on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 9:15 PM

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