A crash on Interstate 80 at about 6:49 a.m. slowed traffic and resulted in a detour Thursday morning but no serious injuries. Reports said I-80 in Cass County was blocked at the 63 mile marker westbound due to an accident — the crash involved two semis and took place in the construction zone.
A detour off I-80 to Wiota, then on to Highway 71 north was in place, resulting in heavy traffic northbound on Hwy. 71 Thursday morning.
Iowa 511 reported that there was still a delay in traffic at 8:49 a.m. The area of I-80 that was blocked was between Exit 64: County Road N28 and Exit 60: US 71; US 6 (1 mile east of the Brayton area).
Reportedly one semi left the road and entered the median but stayed upright; the second semi went out of control and struck the first, closing the lane completely.
The driver of the first semi was identified as Amos Dorival, 42, of Fayetteville, NC. The second semi was driven by Mahdi Guled, 46, of Edmondton, Alberta Canada.
Reports say the driver of one of the semis hit his head on the steering wheel but both drivers refused medical treatment at the scene.
The accident took place in construction and State Patrol Trooper Ryan Devault said the area was a well marked construction zone that funneled down to a one lane area.
Responding were the Iowa State Patrol, Cass EMS, Anita Rescue and Wiota Fire. Assisting was the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division and Roads Department.