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ISP trooper, citizen hurt in accident

Both were transported to VDMC with minor injuries

March 1, 2012
Peter Kaspari - For the Daily Freeman-Journal (pkaspari@messengernews.net) , The Daily Freeman Journal

BLAIRSBURG - A trooper with the Iowa State Patrol and a man who was in his car are recovering from minor injuries sustained in an accident Wednesday afternoon.

At 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, Trooper Jeremy Schaffer, of the Iowa State Patrol's Cedar Falls office, was investigating an accident on Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 20. He was parked on the ramp which leads south.

"He had a private citizen in the patrol car with him when a semi came up from behind and crashed into the patrol car," Lt. Kelly Hindman, District 7 commander of the State Patrol, said.

Schaffer's office is not a part of District 7.

Schaffer and the passenger, Todd Haley, of Marietta, Ga., were transported to Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City.

Hindman, who was at the hospital Wednesday afternoon, said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Though an official cause of the accident is not known, Hindman said it was likely caused by the weather.

"The weather conditions were very poor, with visibility reduced," he said. "We'd been having a series of collisions in that area that started between 11:30 and noon."

 
 

 

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