Vehicles crash into Fayette County ditches and split


The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating 2 traffic accidents in which vehicles ended up in ditches, smashing utility poles.

The first was reported at around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, July 2, when the Sheriff received a call to 911, reporting a vehicle in the ditch in the 3000 block of Rose Road, 800 meters west of Oelwein.

A sport utility vehicle driven by Melissa Spicer, 36, of Oelwein, was heading east when she lost control. The Jeep moved on the road, entered the ditch, struck a utility pole, causing the vehicle to roll. He ended up in a dried up stream. The utility pole was snapped in half, knocking down power lines and temporarily cutting off power in the area. Spicer, as well as two minors in the vehicle, were seriously injured. They were taken to MercyOne Hospital in Oelwein.

Strong vehicle. Fayette County Sheriff’s Photo

The other crash happened at around 10:45 p.m. Sunday (July 4), on Cedar Road, about 3 miles south of Elgin. Loren Strong, 36, of Elgin, was driving north when he lost control and plunged into the ditch. The vehicle struck a telephone pole, splitting it in two. The 2020 Chrysler Van has been totaled. Strong was taken to West Union Hospital for treatment with minor injuries.

Both accidents are still under investigation.

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