On 01/09/24 at 11:00 hrs., the Plymouth County Communication Center received several 9-1-1 calls about an accident involving two semi trucks on Hwy 3 near the Brunsville corner intersection. Le Mars Fire & Rescue was dispatched and deputies responded. Upon arrival two semis were located in the southwest ditch of the intersection. One semi impacted the trailer of the other semi which was loaded with hogs. Le Mars Fire & Rescue immediately started extrication procedures and were able to extricate the driver which was complex as the cab was nearly in the trailer loaded with hogs.
After an investigation it was determined that Unit 1 which was a 2005 Freightliner was southbound on K-42 approaching the intersection with Hwy 3. Unit 1 would be required to stop at this intersection. Unit 2 which was a 2022 Freightliner was westbound on Hwy 3. Unit 1 did not stop or was unable to stop and proceeded into the intersection where Unit 2 struck it just ahead of the tires on the trailer causing both units to go into the southwest ditch.
Unit 1 was being operated by Korey Krieg, age 37 of Kingsley, Iowa, in which the truck and trailer were owned by Dave Krieg, Inc. Krieg was uninjured in the crash. Krieg was hauling approximately 160 hogs in which 60 of the hogs were either killed in the crash or needed to be euthanized due to injuries. Krieg was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and yield right of way.
Unit 2 was being operated by Aaron Manley, age 48 of Akron, Iowa who was driving for Heyl Truck Lines also of Akron. Manley was the driver that needed to be extricated and was transported to Mercy One Hospital with non-life threatening injuries where he was later released. Unit 1 sustained an estimated $65,000 in damages and Unit 2 sustained an estimated $150,000 in damages.
Hwy 3 was closed for cleanup for nearly six hours. The sheriff’s office was assisted by Le Mars Fire & Rescue, the Iowa State Patrol, the Le Mars Police Department, Hinton Fire Department and Stockton Towing.