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Rock Rapids Semi Driver Injured After Rolling Semi South Of Rock Rapids

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Rock Rapids on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 8:20 a.m., 21-year-old Tyler Van Veldhuizen of Rock Rapids was driving a 2002 International semi tanker southbound on K52, one mile south of Highway 9 in Rock Rapids.

The report says that Van Veldhuizen rolled the semi as he was rounding the curve. The semi overturned into the ditch and damaged a fence.

After he was extricated by mechanical means, the Lyon County Ambulance took Van Veldhuizen to Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital. His injuries were listed as “serious.”

Van Veldhuizen’s International semi was totaled in the accident. The fence owned by Greg Popkes sustained an estimated $250 in damages.

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