Highway 330 collision leaves injuries

State Center, Marshalltown fire departments respond to call

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS - A collision at the intersection of Iowa Highway 330 and 295th Street near Rhodes left injuries Wednesday morning. State Trooper Mathhew Papin said emergency responders from the Marshalltown and State Center fire departments responded to the call.

A collision at the intersection of Iowa Highway 330 and 295th Street near Rhodes left injuries but no fatalities Wednesday morning.

“One vehicle (was) southbound in the right lane, the other vehicle comes off of 295th (and) fails to stop at the stop sign,” said Iowa State Trooper Matthew Papin, who was on the scene.

He said the driver on 295th Street had the morning sun in their eyes and a small hill partially blocking the view of cars coming south on Highway 330.

Papin said the driver on 295th Street entered the intersection and applied the breaks, realizing the mistake. “The southbound vehicle has no time to react, the accident happens and they separate.”

One of the vehicles, a red sedan, came to rest in the median between the north- and southbound lanes on 330. The other vehicle, a dark sedan, sat on the side of the highway opposite the red vehicle.

Both showed significant damage to the front end and were towed away later that morning. Despite the condition of the vehicles, Papin said there were no fatalities in the collision.

“Just personal injuries,” he said. “They’re still awake and conscious.”

Papin said first responders from Rhodes, Melbourne, State Center and Marshalltown fire departments responded to the call. One of the drivers had to be extracted from their vehicle.

“They did cut somebody out of the car,” said Marshalltown Fire Chief David Rierson.

He said the Marshalltown crew used a hydraulic tool to cut through parts of the damaged vehicle.

The State Center crew took two male victims who had been driving in the same vehicle to UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown.

“There were three (victims) altogether,” said State Center Fire Chief Brad Pfantz. “There was a female in one of the vehicles … she was the one that needed extricated.”

He said the female victim was also transported to UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown.