Alton, Iowa — Names of the victims have been released after a Monday accident near Alton. A Schuyler, Nebraska man and two passengers in the car he was driving were taken to area hospitals, one of them by helicopter.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 7:05 PM on Monday, April 11, 2016, 31-year-old Abdihakim Mohamed of Schuyler, Nebraska was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi southbound on Highway 60, just south of Alton.
The report says that Mohamed told the officer that he was looking at his GPS app on his cell phone and was distracted. The report says the car entered the median, crossed the north bound lane of Highway 60, and entered the east ditch. It then struck the ditch embankment and went airborne. The car continued east, drove thru a fence, and across the Union Pacific railroad tracks. It came to a stop on the east side of the railroad tracks, says the report.
The Mercy Air Care helicopter took a passenger, 25-year-old Abdikasim Moge Ali of Portland, Oregon to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.
The Orange City Ambulance took Mohamed and a second passenger, 24-year-old Amina Jibril to the Orange City Health System hospital.
Mohamed’s Mitsubishi sustained $6000 in damages, which was enough to total the vehicle, according to the report.
Mohamed was charged with failure to maintain control.