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One taken to hospital in vehicle rollover near Newton

A car is left mangled following a single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 74 South and South 44th Avenue East, southwest of Iowa Speedway. One man was injured in the crash and transported by ground ambulance to a Des Moines hospital.
A car is left mangled following a single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 74 South and South 44th Avenue East, southwest of Iowa Speedway. One man was injured in the crash and transported by ground ambulance to a Des Moines hospital.

A man was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines after a single-vehicle rollover southwest of Iowa Speedway in Newton left him seriously injured.

Ronald A. Oldham, 39, of Newton, received citations for failing to maintain vehicle control, passing on grade or hill and for failure to provide proof of financial liability as a result of his rollover accident, according to a report.

Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office were called around 3:34 p.m. to the intersection of Highway 74 South and South 44th Avenue East to investigate the accident.

Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty said the white Pontiac Grand Prix appeared to have been traveling southbound when it rolled over two or three times in the ditch.

The report states Oldham’s vehicle tried to pass another vehicle while driving up a hill in a no-passing zone. A witness from an oncoming vehicle told deputies Oldham had to veer off the road in order to avoid a head-on collision with them. Then the vehicle tried to get back into their original lane but went too far, resulting in the off-road rollover and about $6,000 in damage.

Trapped in the vehicle, Newton Fire Department paramedics had to use extrication tools to get Oldham out of the car.

“He’s conscious, but they are transporting him to Des Moines area hospital by a ground ambulance,” Halferty said from the scene Tuesday.

Contact Orrin Shawl at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or at oshawl@newtondailynews.com

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