Two Dead in I-80 Pileup Involving 15 Vehicles: Two people died as a result of a serious collision on Sunday morning near Iowa City on westbound Interstate 80, according to authorities. The incident was reported at mile marker 246 on Interstate 80, which is east of the exit for Iowa Highway 1, also known locally as North Dodge Street, at roughly 5:40 in the morning.
Based on a preliminary investigation, the troopers think that numerous cars lost control in that location and collided. The pileup comprised 15 automobiles in total, including 9 semi-trucks.
According to authorities, there were two fatalities and numerous injuries. On Sunday, personnel worked to clean up the disaster site for more than eight hours while the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 were shut down. Two of the three westbound lanes had been reopened as of 2:00 p.m. The highway was fully reopened at 6:30 p.m.
The Iowa Department of Transportation described the road conditions as being entirely covered in ice in the initial report following the collision. There was fog in many areas of the state, and as a result of the subfreezing temperatures, some ice roads formed.
“This accident shows how important it is for all drivers to pay attention to the road conditions and any hazards ahead, every minute!” According to a statement from Trooper Bob Conrad of the Iowa State Patrol. “Two families now need to adjust and accept the possibility that a loved one won’t come home! These collisions CAN be prevented! There is still an investigation going on.