UPDATE: Driver injured after semi crashes into overpass

Hit a highway overpass in Worth County.

Posted: Feb 9, 2018 8:48 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2018 7:01 AM

WORTH COUNTY, Iowa –  One person is hurt after crashing their semi into an overpass in Worth County.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a southbound semi driven by Thomas Torkelson, 70 of New Hampton, went into the median on I-35 near mile marker 203 and hit the Highway 9 overpass.  Mercy Air Med airlifted Torkelson to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa with unknown injuries. The semi cab looks to be heavily damaged.

About one mile of southbound I-35 was closed down temporarily, one southbound lane was also closed. Traffic was diverted onto Highway 9.

The Iowa DOT did a preliminary investigation into the damage done on the overpass. Iowa State Patrol tells KIMT they found the damage to be superficial and deemed it safe for travel. Their investigation will continue.

KIMT will have more details on this story as it develops.

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