Three injured in I-80 crash Wednesday
Three people, two who are from Newton, were reported injured during a 3:30 p.m. crash at the 159 mile-marker on Interstate 80 on Wednesday, according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.
The two-car accident occurred in the westbound lanes when a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Ashley Fisher of Newton changed from the right to left lane colliding with another vehicle driven by 48-year-old Walter Gatlin of Grinnell.
Troopers reported that the two drivers and Fisher's passenger, 25-year-old Jack Johnson of Newton, were injured when Fisher's vehicle struck the guardrail following the initial contact and came to a rest. Meanwhile, Gatlin's vehicle rolled, slid across the roadway and came to rest in the north ditch on its side.
Johnson and Fisher were taken from the scene by Jasper County ambulance to Skiff Medical Center in Newton while Gatlin was taken by ambulance to Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Phone calls were not immediately returned by hospital staff this afternoon, and the occupants' conditions are unknown this afternoon.
The state patrol said in the report that an investigation into the crash is still ongoing and charges are pending.
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