Several Injured in Church Van Crash

By Sam Lane, Reporter

JONES COUNTY, Iowa — Multiple people were transported to area hospitals Wednesday night after a semi truck collided with a church van on Highway 151 near Anamosa.

Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver said the van was slowing to turn into the church's parking lot when it was rear-ended by an 18-wheel semi truck. The van, which is from the Apostolic Assembly of Anamosa, was carrying upwards of 10 people, Graver said.

Graver was unsure exactly how many of the van's passengers were hospitalized, but one was airlifted from the scene, he said. The passengers ranged in age from 5 and 6 to the oldest adult, who is 64. All patients were awake and talking to officers on the scene.

Those with injuries were taken to either the Jones Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, or St. Luke's Hospital, also in Cedar Rapids.

In addition to the Jones County Sheriff's office, Anamosa police and fire, Monticello police, Olin ambulance, and area ambulance all responded to the accident.

The driver and lone passenger of the semi were uninjured.

Graver said officers are still in the process of making sure everyone is accounted for and parents are notified. More information will be released later on Wednesday night, he said.
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