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Two People Injured in Fiery Crash Along I-80 in Iowa County

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    April 3, 2014 | 12:35 pm
    IOWA COUNTY, Iowa - Two people were hurt in a fiery crash on Interstate 80 Tuesday afternoon.

    The crash closed the westbound lanes on I-80 between mile marker 201 and 205 -- near Brooklyn and Victor, the Iowa DOT reported about 3:15 p.m.

    An Iowa State Patrol crash report shows Jerry Sturdevant, 55, of Eagleville, Missouri, and Karen Lorenzen, 47, of Polk City, were injured in the crash.

    Sturdevant was taken to a Grinnell hospital and Lorenzen to a Marengo hospital. Lorenzen was driving the car involved in the crash. Sturdevant was driving one of the semi tractor-trailers.

    Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright told KCCI that a tow truck was trying to pull another vehicle out of the ditch in the westbound lanes of I-80, other traffic slowed, but a semi didn't realize that traffic had dropped speed and the semi sideswiped a car with a mother and two children.

    The semi then collided with another semi, Bright said.

    The collision sparked a fire on a semi hauling plastic, which is why it burned so quickly. Pictures from the scene sent to KCCI and KCRG-TV show a massive fireball around the semi.

    Multiple fire and rescue crews were called to the scene.

    A trooper at the scene told KCRG-TV that only minor injuries were reported. The mother, her two children and one of the semi drivers were taken to a hospital to be checked out, but they are believed to have non-life threatening injuries.

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