Two-vehicle collision near McDonald’s in Perry slows pre-holiday traffic

Holiday travelers encouraged to slow down and buckle up this weekend

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A passenger car was badly damaged in a collision Wednesday afternoon near the McDonald's in Perry. The Thanksgiving holiday is a peak travel time in Iowa.

A pickup truck hauling a trailer was involved in a collision Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of First Avenue and Iowa Highway 141 in Perry.
A pickup truck hauling a trailer was involved in a collision Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of First Avenue and Iowa Highway 141 in Perry.

A passenger car collided with a pickup truck pulling a trailer about 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of First Avenue and Iowa Highway 141 in Perry.

Holiday shopping traffic was slowed at the busy intersection as Perry Police investigated the accident, whose cause remains unknown at this hour. The occupants of the vehicles did not appear to be injured, but the Perry Police Department has not issued a statement.

ThePerryNews.com will update this story as information becomes available.

More Iowans travel over the Thanksgiving weekend than at any other times of the year, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), and busier roads increases the risk of collisions.

The peak travel times begin Wednesday at about 6 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the DOT.

Three people were killed in crashes on Iowa roadways last Thanksgiving, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau spokesperson Patrick Hoye. He said the risk of a fatal injury drops by about  45 percent if seat belts are worn in a collision involving a passenger car and by 60 percent in a light-duty truck.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports additional law enforcement officers will be working over the holiday period, making sure motorists aren’t speeding and are buckled-up.

 

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