January 8, at 5:35 am, 15 vehicles piled up, several were injured, and two people dead on Sunday’s multi-vehicle collision on ice I-80 near Iowa City. In total, nine semi-trailers and six cars collided in the westbound lanes of I-80, near mile marker 246.
January 8, at 5:35 am, 15 vehicles piled up causing several injured and two people dead on Sunday’s multi-vehicle collision on ice I-80 near Iowa City. In total, nine semi-trailers and six cars collided in the westbound lanes of I-80, near mile marker 246.
Iowa State Police (ISP) investigators are still investigating the accident. It is clear that several drivers lost control of their vehicles and crashed into other vehicles. The Interstate 80 road is covered with ice, but investigators are not sure if is ice the only reason for this multi-vehicle accident.
The minimal crash report from Iowa State Patrol shows that I-80 Westbound near the 246-mile marker was covered with ice. Semi-trailer number two driven by Johan Caballero – Venero, 37, from Huston, TX lost control of his vehicle and blocked all 3 lanes of I-80 westbound. After that 15 vehicles in total crashed as a result to the semi blocking the lanes.
The two people killed in this accident are Junier Caballero – Venero, 37, of Huston, Texas, and David Mosinski, 57, of Fairfield, Iowa.
This crash was so severe that the traffic on the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 was closed for eight hours. At about 2 pm, Interstate 80 was open for traffic again.
Iowa State Trooper Bob Conrad emphasized that this traffic accident is an indication of how important it is for every driver to pay full attention while driving. With such difficult driving conditions, potential hazards ahead are possible at any given time. That’s why it’s important to adjust the speed, maintain the expected distance between vehicles and react properly. Braking on ice roads is complicated even for the most experienced drivers.
The sad conclusion is that this fatal traffic accident in which 15 vehicles piled up and two people died on I-80 Sunday could have been avoided if the semi-trailer driver had been driving carefully.