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For immediate release:  

February 17, 2018  

Multiple Crashes on Iowa Interstates

-- The Iowa State Patrol responded to numerous crashes today on the Interstates due to a quick moving snow system that caused roads to become snow covered and icy. 

I-35 near the 100 mile marker southbound (Polk Co.) was closed for 2 hours for a 70 car pile-up.  Approximately 11 people were transported to local hospitals for injuries.

I-80 near the 158 mile marker westbound (Jasper Co.) was temporarily closed for approximately 20 vehicles that had crashed.

I-80 eastbound at the 208 mile marker (Iowa Co.),  up to 30 vehicles were involved with 3 minor injuries reported.  Eastbound lanes were closed for less than an hour.

A majority of these crashes were caused by motorists travelling too fast for conditions and not allowing enough following distance.

All crashes remain under investigation.

Sgt. Nathan Ludwig
Iowa State Patrol
Public Information Officer


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