Accident sends one to hospital with burns

Thursday, February 18, 2021

LE MARS — One person is hospitalized following a three-vehicle collision on County Road C-38 south of Le Mars Thursday.

At 9:04 a.m., the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 911 calls of a multi-vehicle crash with an entrapment and fire. The crash was located in the 3100 block of County Road C-38. Le Mars Fire/Rescue and Ambulance were dispatched along with Plymouth County deputies.

Upon arrival, it was determined a 2015 Peterbilt semi pulling a grain trailer owned by Visser Elevator Inc., had pulled out of 31835 C-38 and was westbound on C-38. This vehicle was operated by Jordan Mulder, 33, of Sioux Center. Mulder was not injured in the crash.

A 2001 white GMC pickup owned by Plymouth Dairy Farms Inc. was westbound on C-38. This vehicle rear-ended the trailer of the semi.

The driver of this vehicle was trapped and this vehicle caught fire. The driver of the pickup has what are believed to be life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Sioux City hospital, according to the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office press release.

A 2013 Ram pickup owned by Michael Wolf and operated by Alec Wolf, 26, of Remsen, was also traveling west on C-38. This vehicle then rear-ended the GMC truck. Wolf was not injured in the crash.

Le Mars Fire/Rescue was able to extinguish the fire and extricate the driver within 15 minutes of the time of call.

The semi-trailer has approximately $30,000 in damage. Both pickups are listed as totaled.

The Iowa State Patrol is the lead investigating agency on this crash. Assisting are the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Hinton Police, Le Mars Fire/Rescue, Ambulance and Police, Plymouth County Roads, Iowa DOT motor vehicle enforcement, and Stockton Towing.

The crash remains under investigation but it is believed that weather conditions played a role.

No other information will be released at this time.

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