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Ritter Crash Sends Man to Hospital

Sheldon, Iowa– A Sheldon man was taken to the hospital after a crash near Sheldon early on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:05 a.m., 26-year-old Zeb Cook of Sheldon was driving a 1996 Mitsubishi northbound on Northwest Boulevard (Old Highway 60), two miles northeast of Sheldon, near Ritter.

The report says that Cook drifted onto the right shoulder while reaching for a lighter in the vehicle. The report says the car entered the east ditch and traveled about 900 feet into a grassy area near a creek, where it hit several small trees and brush.

The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team took Cook to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Cook’s Mitsubishi sustained about $3500 in damages.

Cook was charged with failure to maintain control and failure to maintain or use safety belts. The investigation continues and the deputy says additional charges are pending. The report says alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

Crews from the Sheldon Fire Company and Rescue Squad provided assistance at the scene.


Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were called to the scene of an injury accident near Ritter in the first few minutes of Sunday morning, March 11th.

The Sheldon Fire Company, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, and the Sheldon Emergency Management crew responded to the call, about 12:10 a.m. on Sunday morning. The accident happened on Old Highway 60 — that’s Northwest Boulevard —  near the intersection of county road B-14, at Ritter. That’s about three miles northeast of Sheldon.

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