Saturday, June 6, 2009

One hurt when pickup, trailer comes loose

One hurt when pickup, trailer roll on I-80

The Gazette

A Tama man was hurt when a trailer came unhitched from the pickup he was driving and both units rolled into an Interstate 80 median on Tuesday afternoon.

Joseph M. Ortiz, 23, was eastbound around 3:55 p.m. on I-80 near the 183 mile marker when the enclosed trailer came unhitched. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the trailer started weaving and Ortiz was unable to control the pickup.

Ortiz was transported to Grinnell Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning. Three passengers in the pickup were not injured.

Although it was raining in the area, it was not raining when the accident happened, and road conditions were not deemed a factor in the crash by the patrol.

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