Blowing snow causes issues for area drivers Tuesday

Winds in excess of 40 miles per hour caused problems for area drivers Tuesday with existing snow being blown onto roadways.

Highway 218 in Henry County proved especially problematic with several vehicles off the road, according to Sheriff Rich McNamee.

“There’s a stretch from the Washington County line to around Swedesburg where there were some issues,” McNamee said. “We had a few mishaps, but nothing that amounted to very much.”

There was one serious accident in Washington County.

Just after 6 p.m., Madison Briggs of Russell was driving a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer south on Highway 1, north of Washington, according to an accident report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

With blowing snow conditions, Briggs lost control of her vehicle at the intersection of Highways 1 and 92, crossed the center line, colliding head-on with a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by Ruth Vest of Keota.

According to the report, Briggs was traveling under the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

Vest’s vehicle came to rest in the east ditch of the highway, while Briggs’ vehicle stopped in the middle of the road.

Neither driver was able to free themselves from their vehicles.

Briggs, Vest and Vest’s passenger, who was not identified, were transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City by the Washington County Ambulance Service.

Washington County Sheriff Jared Schnieder said that there were other minor weather-related mishaps in the county.

“It looks like there were about a half a dozen traffic incidents,” Schneider said. “Mainly, it was people sliding off into the ditch.”

Jefferson County Sheriff Bart Richmond said he was aware of only one incident Tuesday.

“We had one accident around 6 Tuesday evening due to some sort of road conditions,” Richmond said. “I don’t know that we had any other issues.”

He said that the accident was a one-vehicle accident in the 1400 block of Packwood Road, south of Packwood.