Three Suffer Life-Threatening Injuries After Garbage Truck, Pickup Truck Collide

Four people were hurt in a crash between a garbage truck and a pickup truck on Highway 18, about two miles west of West Union, the morning of December 31, 2015.
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WEST UNION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Three people were flown to hospitals with life-threatening injuries and a fourth person was hurt after a crash between a garbage truck and pickup truck near West Union. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to the two vehicle accident at 6:43 a.m. Thursday.

The Sheriff's Office said the garbage truck was backing into a farm drive on Highway 18 about two miles west of West Union when the pickup collided with it.

23-year-old Dustin Bunn of Fairbank was driving the garbage truck. He was taken to Palmer Hospital for his injuries. The Sheriff's Office said Bunn will be cited for unsafe backing upon a highway.

The Sheriff's Office said 35-year-old Jeremiah Geary of Fayette was outside the truck collecting trash when he was hit by the garbage truck. He was taken to Palmer Hospital and then air lifted to Gunderson Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin for life threatening injuries.

Two people were inside the pickup truck. 24-year-old Phillip White of Nashua was taken to Palmer Hospital and then air lifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for life threatening injuries. The Sheriff's Office said White will be cited for driving with a suspended driver's license.

Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to free 41-year-old Melinda Scribner of Nashua from the passenger side of the pickup truck. She was taken to Palmer Hospital and then air lifted to Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota for her life threatening injuries.

A dog in the pickup with White and Scribner was taken to the West Union Vet Clinic for treatment.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office, West Union Fire Department, The Department of Transportation Enforcement, West Union Police, and Tri-State and Fayette Ambulance Services all responded to the scene.


Four people were hurt in a crash between a garbage truck and a pickup truck on Highway 18, about two miles west of West Union, the morning of December 31, 2015.
Four people were hurt in a crash between a garbage truck and a pickup truck on Highway 18, about two miles west of West Union, the morning of December 31, 2015.