Lights and Sirens

Larchwood Man Taken To Hospital After Accident South Of Rock Rapids

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Larchwood man was taken to a hospital after an accident south of Rock Rapids on Wednesday October 20, 2021.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:35 p.m., 17-year-old Lane Isaac Henrichs of Doon was stopped at the Lakewood Corner, facing southbound in a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, waiting for traffic to pass so he could turn east onto A-34. The report says 22-year-old Hunter Deland Harkness of Larchwood was also southbound on 75 behind Henrichs in a 1991 Buick LeSabre, and was slowing down to nearly a stop behind the Grand Prix. According to the deputy’s report, 57-year-old Robert Keith Winegarden of Pocahontas was southbound behind Harkness in a 2007 Peterbuilt semi, pulling a tanker trailer southbound on Highway 75.

The report says Winegarden failed to brake in a timely manner and struck the Harkness Buick pushing it into the Henrichs Grand Prix.

Harkness had to be extracted from the Buick by mechanical means. He was then transported to Avera Merrill Pioneer Medical Center in Rock Rapids. No other injuries were reported.

The Harkness Buick and the Henrichs Grand Prix were both totaled while the Winegarden Peterbuilt received only about $4,000 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Rapids Fire Department, the Lyon County Ambulance squad, the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Department, Trackside Towing, and Dusty’s Auto Body personnel assisted with the response to the accident.

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