Marcus Teen Injured In Car Versus Train Wreck In LeMars

Le Mars, Iowa — A Marcus teen was injured in an accident with a train on Saturday (4/7) in Le Mars.

The Le Mars Police Department reports that about 7:40 PM, 17-year-old Krystal Leach of Marcus was southbound on Business Highway 75, in Le Mars in a 2006 Ford. Union Pacific Railroad Locomotive 6516 was pulling a train northbound on the Union Pacific tracks. Both vehicles were approaching the crossing at 12th Street Southwest.

Leach attepted to make a left turn and cross over the tracks, directly in front of the oncoming train. The locomotive struck the car in the passenger side door area, causing it to spin and collide with the railroad crossing light pole. The train went into emergency braking, and was able to stop 400 feet past the crossing.

The crossing is equipped with railroad crossing lights and audible signals, both of which were functioning according to the report. Reports are that the train sounded its horns as well.

Leach was transported to Mercy Medical by Mercy Air Care.

There were no other injuries reported.

The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Le Mars Police Department at the scene.

Here is a Google map with the location of the accident. The train’s path is the thick yellow line, and the car’s path is the small blue line.


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Everly Man Injured In Semi Rollover Near Hartley

Hartley, Iowa — An Everly man was injured in an accident on Thursday (7/5) near Hartley.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 11:50 AM, 42-year-old Michael Thiel of Everly was westbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Hartley in a 2008 semi, when he attempted to turn right onto Tyler Avenue — L58. Thiel lost control and the semi overturned onto its side. The load of hog feed was partially spilled into the ditch. The semi came to rest on its left side in the north bound lane of Tyler Avenue just north of Highway 18.

Theil had head injuries and did not remember any details.

Thiel was taken to Sanford Sheldon by ambulance.

Thiel’s semi, owned by the Farmer’s Coop of Farnhamville received $25,000 damage.


Rock Rapids Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident Saturday Morning

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was injured in a motorcycle accident near Rock Rapids early on Saturday morning.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:40 AM, 31-year-old Brian DeWild of Rock Rapids was driving a 1994 Honda CRB600 motorcycle eastbound on A16, just east of Harding Avenue. That’s about a mile and a half north of Rock Rapids near what’s referred to as the “2 mile bridge”.

De Wild lost control and entered the south ditch. The motorcycle rolled several times. DeWild was taken to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids with what the sheriff’s office called “incapacitating injuries”.


Spencer Man Injured In Motorcycle Versus Deer Crash

Spencer, Iowa — A Spencer man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Friday (7/6) near Spencer.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 9:25 PM, 58-year-old Roger Rustad was westbound on Highway 18, three miles west of Spencer on a 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, when he collided with a deer that was on the road.

Rustad was taken to Spencer Hospital by Spencer Ambulance.

Three troopers covered the accident, with help from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Spencer Ambulance, and the Dickens Fire Department.


Twelve-Year-Old Boy Driving Van Causes Accident After Grandfather Allows Him To Drive

Rural Orange City, Iowa — A 12-year-old boy driving a van got into an accident and damaged his grandfather’s van and a Nebraska teen’s car on Tuesday (7/3) near Carnes.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 12:25 PM, a 12-year-old boy from Paullina was southbound in the left southbound lane of Highway 60 at Carnes in a 2001 Chevy. Eighteen-year-old Mary Mercier of Nebraska was also southbound on 60, in the right lane, in a 2011 Toyota.

The 12-year-old boy’s grandfather, Paul Van Wechel owns the vehicle and is the front seat passenger.

Both vehicles are approaching the intersection of K64, with the boy ahead of Mercier. As the boy approached the intersection, he attempted to make a right turn onto K64 northbound from the left lane. He turned in front of the Mercier car in the right lane.

The vehicles collided.

The boy was cited for improper turn, and his grandfather was cited for allowing an unauthorized minor to drive.

The grandfather’s van received $2500 damage. Mercier’s Toyota received $5000 damage.

There were no injuries.


Sheldon Police Arrest Four, Cite Two, Investigate Incidents

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police, they report four arrests, two citations, and a number of other incidents.

The police cited 24-year-old Shane Michael Klien of Cherokee on Sunday (7/1) on a charge of Assault.

Someone on 11th Street reported that sometime on Saturday (6/30) or Sunday (7/1), their yard was vandalized. Twenty-five feet of white picket fence valued at $200 was damaged, as were eight trees and shrubs valued at $500, and 3 bird houses valued at $60.

The police report they arrested 21-year-old Jose Flores of Sheldon on Monday (7/2) for driving without a license.

They also arrested 28-year-old Hector Ortiz of Sheldon on Monday for Driving While Suspended.

Twenty-six-year-old Elias Lopez-Alvarez of Sheldon was arrested on Tuesday (7/3) for driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

The same charges were made on 23-year-old Esli Aguilera-Tolentino of Sheldon on Thursday (7/5).

All four were transported to jail in Primghar.

Forty-eight-year-old Jayne Davis of Sheldon was cited for Dogs At Large on Tuesday (7/3).

The police also report that a victim reported he was assaulted on North 5th Avenue near Oak Street on Tuesday (7/3). The incident is under investigation.

Sheldon Police also report that two victims reported they were assaulted in the 1100 block of South 3rd Avenue on July 4th. That incident is also under investigation.