A semi truck and two cars were involved in an accident along Highway 69 late in the afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 11.
According to police, Rebecca Stadtlander of Meservey was driving a red 2002 Dodge Neon south on Highway 69 when she attempted to make a right turn into Jerry’s Bar from the inside lane. Her car was struck by a southbound blue 2008 Kenworth belonging to Sharps Trucking of Chariton and driven by Vladimir Sharpelyuk of Russell. The Dodge slid on the slick pavement for several hundred feet, coming to rest at the west curb of Highway 69.
Sharpelyuk’s truck, which was hauling a load of pigs, crossed the center line and headed for Casey’s General Store. The driver told police he steered for a space between the gas pumps and a large utility pole. The truck jumped the curb, hit a parked vehicle, struck a safety bar near the pumps, and glanced off the pole holding up the overhead canopy, causing it to tilt slightly. The front left side of the truck was torn apart by the safety bar.
The car parked at the pumps was a white 2007 Chevy Impala owned by Tarah Boelman of Goodell. It was being operated by Erin Burt of Belmond, who was sitting inside the car at the time. The car was pushed into the south gas pump.
Burt was taken to the hospital in Belmond for minor injuries. The truck driver reported minor injuries but declined treatment. Stadtlander was uninjured.
The two cars and the semi tractor were hauled away by Bonnstetter Towing. Another semi tractor arrived to haul away the trailer and pigs.
Assisting at the scene were the Belmond Police, Ambulance and Fire Departments, and the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.
Officials say Stadtlander will be ticketed for an improper right turn. The truck was found to be in violation of some DOT regulations.