WATERLOO — Five people were sent to area hospitals following a multiple-vehicle accident on Interstate 380 westbound during snowy conditions Friday.
The crash was reported about 12:25 p.m. on Interstate 380 westbound west of the 67 mile marker, according to the Iowa State Patrol.
Chad Chase, 46, a Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputy, was in the process of diverting traffic from a minor accident on I-380 westbound at the bridge with Gilbertville Road when two separate vehicles hit the patrol car. Troopers said he was parked on the inside shoulder with his emergency lights activated.
The deputy was not inside the car but the K-9 officer was. The K-9 officer was not injured.
A car being driven by Leander Martin, 23, of Holland, Iowa, started sliding sideways and struck the patrol car. Then an SUV pulling a fifth-wheel camper being driven by Peter Delaney, 34, of Cedar Rapids, was unable to stop and took evasive action and also struck the patrol vehicle, the Iowa State Patrol states.
That set off a chain reaction of vehicles rear-ending each other in an attempt to avoid the crash on the slippery, snow-covered roadway, according to Capt. Mark Herbst with the sheriff’s office.
At least 11 separate vehicles were involved, not including a semi tractor-trailer that drove into the north ditch to avoid the crash.
The injured were identified as John Baus, 55, of Milwaukee, who was transported to Covenant Medical Center; Ian Buck, 25, of St. Paul, Minn., taken to UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital; Amy Buck, 53, of St. Paul, Minn., taken to Covenant Medical Center; Marshal Buck, 14, of St. Paul, Minn., flown by air ambulance to University Hospitals in Iowa City; and Jonas Buck, 20, of St. Paul, Minn., taken to Covenant.
I-380 was shut down in both directions for hours in order to clean up from the crash, and Herbst advised motorists to avoid driving Friday as several inches of snow fell in eastern Iowa. Two to four inches was expected to fall in the Cedar Valley on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
“People need to slow down,” Herbst said, adding on his way to the accident he was passed by speeding pickup trucks. “We need people to exercise caution, slow down, and if it’s not necessary to just stay home.”
A neighbor of the Buck family shared that she had a Go Fund Me account for the family. That link is here: https://www.gofundme.com/buck-family-fund. The Courier cannot verify any Go Fund Me accounts and encourages people to do their research before donating to any online fundraisers.
This article was updated Jan. 2 to correct the age of Marshal Buck.