Washington man air lifted to hospital after intentionally crashing car

MT. PLEASANT — A Washington man was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals Tuesday morning after intentionally driving northbound in the southbound lane and crashing his car into the end of a bridge.

According to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:43 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, a report was received from the Lee County Communications Center that its ambulance personnel saw a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Highway 218, north of Mt. Pleasant and subsequently crashed into a bridge.

Henry County Deputies and first responders arrived on scene to find a black 2011 Toyota Camry had crashed into the end of the bridge in the 2000 grid of Highway 218 in the southbound lane. It was late determined that the driver, Thomas Allan Colthurst, 63, of Washington, intentionally drove northbound in the southbound lane.

Colthurst sustained life threatening injuries and had to be air lifted by Med Force to the University of Iowa Hospitals. Assisting at the scene were the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, Henry County Paramedics an Med Force, of Burlington.