Le Mars, Iowa — A Paullina truck driver escaped injury in a 2-vehicle accident near Le Mars Monday afternoon.
Plymouth County authorities say a 1999 International semi tractor pulling a trailer was northbound on Nature Avenue, driven by 28-year old Peter Matthews of Paullina. Authorities say Matthews failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Nature Avenue and 190th Street, about five miles east of Le Mars. Deputies say a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by 73-year old Paul Gustafson of Remsen was eastbound on 190th Street, and was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with Matthews’ semi. After impact, the semi entered the northeast corner of the intersection where it struck a sign post and came to rest.
Gustafson was reportedly taken to the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars by the Le Mars Ambulance.
Deputies say Matthews was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way, Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle, and Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability.
Damage the Matthews semi, which was operating for Semper Fi Farms Trucking of Paullina, was estimated at $6-thousand, with about $45-hundred damage estimated to Gustafson’s Blazer. The road sign, owned by Plymouth County, received an estimated $2-hundred in damage.