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Pileup Sends Trooper & One Other to Hospital

Sioux Center, Iowa– A George man and an Iowa State Patrol trooper were taken to the hospital after an accident near Sioux Center.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 4:50 p.m on Monday, March 5, 2018, about three miles north of Sioux Center, a 2004 Chevy had been northbound on Highway 75. The road was slippery and there was blowing snow. Just north of 370th street, the driver of the Chevy lost control of his vehicle and it became stuck. The driver called for law enforcement to assist with traffic control. Trooper Jeremy Hilt arrived in his patrol car and pulled in behind the Chevy on the northbound shoulder with his emergency lights on and arrow stick activated.

The report says that 18-year-old Candyce Eubank of Little Rock was traveling northbound on Highway 75 in a 2002 Saturn when she failed to stop and hit the back of the trooper’s car, causing it to slide forward and hit the Chevy. After that, a 2014 Jeep driven by 35-year-old Nicholas Vachon came upon the accident scene, also northbound, and attempted to swerve out of the way, but was unable to move far enough over and struck Eubank’s Saturn.

The trooper and 40-year-old Robert Dillard of George were in the patrol car when it was struck, and were taken to Sioux Center Health Hospital — Dillard by Sioux Center Ambulance, and Trooper Hilt by Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Chase Hesse.

The Chevy sustained $500 in damages, Hilt ‘s Dodge Charger patrol vehicle sustained $12,000 in damages, Eubank’s Saturn sustained $8000 in damages, and Vachon’s Jeep sustained $500 in damage.

Eubank and Vachon were each charged with failure to stop in assured clear distance.

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