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High Winds Blow over Semi on Highway 14 North of Knoxville: Road Now Open

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 9:28 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Dr. Bob Leonard

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High winds 60 mph or over as estimated by the National Weather Service blew over a Hy Vee semi near Whitebreast north of Knoxville on Highway 14, according to authorities. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies, Knoxville Rescue, the Knoxville Rural Fire Department, and the Iowa State Patrol responded. The accident is under investigation. The driver of the vehicle wasn’t injured, and he reported that high winds caught the truck and he lost control of it. The accident occurred at approximately 8:30am, and Highway 14 was closed until approximately 10:30am. High winds have also resulted in limbs being blown onto roadways in Knoxville and Pella and other parts of the county, and there are reports of damage to a shelter at Caldwell Park in Pella. Sheriff Ron Goemaat urges caution on all roadways, especially gravel roads that may have been flooded by rapidly rising creeks. In particular, avoid soft shoulders of gravel roads.

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