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Drivers named in Highway 20 fire, crashes

courtesy: MGN Online
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Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 7:24 AM CDT
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The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office has released additional details about the multi-car crashes that happened near the site of a car fire Monday morning.

According to a release from the department, deputies were initially alerted to the car fire shortly after 7:45 a.m.

31-year-old Emily Walsh of Dyersville had been eastbound on US Highway 20 near Epworth when her vehicle had mechanical problems. She pulled to the median and exited the car before it caught fire.

Smoke from that fire is being blamed for obstructing the view of several drivers behind Walsh, including 17-year-old Amanda Langel of New Vienna. Deputies say she was unable to see the cars ahead of her slowing down, and rear-ended the car in front of her, causing a three-vehicle collision.

As traffic was backing up due to that crash, another one happened at Highway 20 and Hartbecke Road. In that instance, 17-year-old Madison Habel of Dyersville rear-ended the car ahead of her, starting a five-vehicle pileup. Habel was cited for failing to maintain control. None of the drivers involved reported injuries.

The crashes caused Highway 20 to be completely blocked for about 15 minutes. Eastbound traffic was limited to one lane for nearly an hour and a half.

Deputies said there were no injuries.