Remsen fatality victim identified

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

REMSEN The victim of a motor vehicle fatality has been identified according to the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office.

According to a news release issued Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, Hannah Tjernagle, 19, of Orange City, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at Highway 3 and Highway 140/County Road L-14 on Monday afternoon.

It was at 12:56 p.m., on Feb. 15, when the sheriff's office received numerous 911 calls of a motor vehicle accident at the location east of Remsen.

Callers stated this crash involved a passenger vehicle and a semi-tractor trailer.

According to the sheriff's office, a 2017 Peterbilt semi pulling a 2019 utility box trailer owned and operated by Randy Laube, 68, of Boone, was west bound on Hwy. 3.

A red 2011 Mazda 6 owned by Timothy Tjernagle and operated by Hannah Tjernagle was south bound on L-14 approaching the Hwy. 3 intersection.

For reason unknown at this time, the Tjernagle vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign. The vehicle then struck the middle of the semi-trailer. The Tjernagle vehicle came to rest in the south ditch of Hwy. 3.

Laube was not injured in the crash and the semi-trailer sustained approximately $50,000 in damage.

Hwy. 3 east of Remsen was closed for approximately three hours while law enforcement worked the crash scene.

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Remsen Ambulance, Fire and Police Departments, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DOT motor vehicle enforcement, Iowa DOT road maintenance and Stockton Towing.

The crash remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office/Le Mars Police Accident investigation team with assistance from the Iowa State Patrol.

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