One Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-20 in Holstein, IA
Holstein, IA — January 11, 2023, a woman died in a collision with a tractor-trailer at a highway intersection in south Holstein.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:05 p.m. at the junction of U.S. Highway 20 and US-59. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Chevy Malibu on Highway 59 when she stopped at the US-20 intersection, then pulled forward. The car reportedly pulled into the path of a westbound semi-truck and the vehicles collided.
The car's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
One thing I stress after just about any kind of accident--but rarely more often than one with a commercial vehicle--is how important it is to know every little detail possible. A few sentences in the news rarely do justice to how complex such situations often are, and I've seen time and again how there can be much more to the story.
For instance, investigators alleged the victim pulled into the westbound truck's path and that triggered the wreck, but there doesn't appear to be any specific reason given for why that happened. That could have happened for many different reasons--some within the driver's control, others far less so--and only a full investigation that accounts for all those possibilities could really say for sure.
At the end of the day someone's life was cut short in Iowa, and I think most would agree that's more than enough reason to get to the bottom of how and why. Her loved ones deserve to know the whole story; I just hope authorities will take the time and care needed to ensure they get it.