A flurry of vehicular mishaps kept the Dallas County Sheriff’s office busy Monday afternoon, beginning about 2:30 p.m. with an accident with injuries involving a sheriff’s vehicle on U.S. Highway 169 at Timberview Drive in Adel.
The Iowa State Patrol, Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Dallas County EMS and Adel Police Department all responded to the scene. The state patrol completed an accident report and will release a public version shortly, according to Sgt. Nathan Ludwig, public communications officer with the Iowa State Patrol, who spoke to ThePerryNews.com Tuesday morning.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s office will handle all public comment on the case, Ludwig said. The sheriff’s office is expected to release a statement today. ThePerryNews.com will continue to update this story as information becomes available.
A car fire at 20918 Old Highway 6, reported almost simultaneously with the 2:30 p.m. wreck of the sheriff’s vehicle, brought a second Dallas County EMS response. David Maynard of Dexter was traveling north on L Avenue when he swerved to miss a deer, according to the report of the Dallas County Sheriff’s office.
Maynard’s vehicle ended up in a corn field after taking out several fence posts, the report said, and it was stopped by a pile of hay. When Maynard attempted to exit his vehicle “but got stuck and caught the hay on fire,” according to the report.
Maynard was taken to Mercy West Hospital by the Dallas County EMS. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8000, with about $1500 of damage to the fence.
A third incident occurred about 2:40 p.m., when an Iowa Department of Transportation worker reported seeing a vehicle leave the westbound roadway of Iowa Highway 141 east of Perry near M Avenue.
The vehicle, driven by William Deng of Des Moines, left the southern edge of the roadway and started to slide on the gravel shoulder, according to the report of the Dallas County Sheriff’s office. Deng tried to correct to the right, and the vehicle swerved across the roadway, striking a street sign, the report said.
No injuries were reported, and damage to Deng’s vehicle was estimated at $800.