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Iowa Department of Public Safety
Larry L. Noble, Commissioner
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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Colonel Patrick J. Hoye, Chief

For immediate release:  
Tuesday, January 26, 2010  
Des Moines, Iowa  


Des Moines, IOWA --- On January 25, 2010, the Iowa State Patrol was asked by Trinity Hospital in Fort Dodge to transport an emergency blood supply needed for a patient.  With help from the Iowa DOT snowplows, the Patrol was able to get the emergency supply through.  The recipient was an open heart surgery patient.

Colonel Patrick Hoye, Chief of the Iowa State Patrol said, “There are a number of services that Troopers provide during bad weather from responding to crashes to assisting those who are injured.  I’m proud that our Troopers were able to help save many lives, including the life of a surgical patient in Fort Dodge.”

Today, the Iowa State Patrol (ISP) released response statistics from Monday’s blizzard that closed interstate highways and results in numerous multi-vehicle crashes.

January 24, 2010

  • 156 Trooper calls for service
  • 9 Property damage
  • 3 Personal Injury
  • 523 Com Center calls

January 25, 2010

  • 574 Trooper calls for service
  • 98 Property damage
  • 25 Personal injury
  • 2,167 Com Center Calls

January 26, 2010 as of 9 a.m.

  • 81 Trooper calls for service
  • 10 Property damage
  • 3 Personal injury
  • 502 Com Center calls

On Monday, January 25, 2010, the ISP had two patrol cars totaled from weather-related crashes.  Both troopers were out of their vehicles investigating other crashes when their vehicles were struck.  The troopers were not injured.

ISP Trooper 248 Crash


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