Crash seriously injures Gilman woman

Police have released the names of two people involved in a car collision on Highway 14 just south of Laurel Thursday afternoon.

Paramedics flew Lois Newby, 56, of Gilman, to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines with serious injuries. Newby crossed the center line while heading north about 4 miles outside Laurel, and her Jeep Liberty struck a box truck heading south, according to the Iowa State Patrol report.

First responders treated driver of the box truck, Joseph Seaman, 52, of Des Moines, on scene for minor injuries before releasing him.

“I don’t think speed was a factor,” said Sgt. Scott Bright, with the Iowa State Patrol. “We have to find out why the vehicle crossed the center line.”

The report shows that both Seaman and Newby were wearing their seatbelts, which saved their lives.

Patient logs at Methodist did not list Newby as a patient Friday morning.

Responding agencies closed the highway shortly after the crash at 3:30 p.m. The Marshall and Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Marshalltown, Haverhill/Laurel and Melbourne Fire Departments assisted the Iowa State Patrol with the call.