Slick roadways result in pair of accidents

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Truck totaled after collision with pole

Lamont Wegner lost control of his vehicle on an icy patch of roadway and took down an electrical pole Wednesday morning. (Photo submitted)

A slick roadway led to an accident on 110th Avenue and U.S. Highway 18 Wednesday morning.

Lamont Wegner, 66, of Hartley, was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger on 110th Avenue, when he allegedly drove over an icy patch on the roadway and lost control of his truck.

Wegner drove into the north ditch and collided with an electrical pole owned by Iowa Lakes Electrical Company. The pole was damaged and subsequently replaced.

Additional damage was caused to some landscaping, involving some small trees and bushes, at an estimated cost of $200.

Damage to the Ford Ranger's frame, body, cab and rear widow was estimated at more than $6,000.

Wegner reported no injuries in the collision.

Women injured in rollover east of Spencer

A Ruthven woman suffered non-incapacitating injuries in a Wednesday morning accident east of Spencer. (Photo submitted)

Joan Sutherland, 63, of Ruthven, suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to the Spencer Hospital following a Wednesday morning accident on U.S. Highway 18 near 250th Avenue.

Sutherland was westbound on Highway 18 in a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer at 10:15 a.m. just west of a bridge on roadway which was mostly wet from melting frost. As the Blazer crossed the bridge, it began sliding sideways and entered the north ditch. Upon entering the ditch, the vehicle rolled and came to rest on its wheels.

Sutherland was taken to Spencer Hospital by Spencer Ambulance.

Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000, totaling the Blazer.

Sutherland was cited for failure to maintain control.

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  • So why was one driver given a ticket and not the other? Failure to maintain control is a bs charge anyway because if one had maintained contol they wouldn't had accident in the first place.

    -- Posted by hcsiowa on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 12:02 PM
  • Just depends on who you are hcsiowa. You've lived here long enough to know that haven't ya?

    -- Posted by Doctlby on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 1:24 PM
  • Clay county gives tickets to anyone in the area of an accident. Revenue enhancment..

    -- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 7:13 AM
  • So, DoctIby, your point is... that Wegner is someone special to the Clay Co. Sheriff's office? The Sheriff reported to the scene of his accident, while it looks like the State reported to the second accident. Looks like a difference in procedure to me. Or, perhaps the Reporter was not given the list of charges in the Wegner accident. In any case, two different entities handled the accidents.

    -- Posted by notinia on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 10:08 AM
  • Wegner was in O'Brien county. The point is this. Failure to maintain control is a BS charge.

    -- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 5:00 PM
  • Wegner was not in O'Brien County, the accident occurred in Clay County (he does, however reside in O'Brien Co).

    -- Posted by notinia on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 10:08 PM
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