The report of a single vehicle accident was received at the Rush County Sheriff’s Department dispatch shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. The call resulted in multiple emergency departments and personnel responding to the 2500 block of West SR 244. Once on the scene, it was realized that a flatbed tractor trailer loaded with shingles had rolled onto its side and came to rest lying across the state road, closing it to all east and west bound traffic. Prior to emergency responder’s arrival, the driver of the tractor trailer, later identified as Beau Kinney, 24, from Iowa, was able to exit the cab.
Terry Drake of the RCSD was one of the first emergency units to arrive on the scene.
According to Deputy Drake, Kinney said he momentarily took his eyes off the road and when he looked up, he was leaving the north side of the rural road and entering a steep side. During his effort to regain control of the vehicle, Kinney kept the semi upright and it traveled roughly 50 yards before it struck and severed a utility pole. The vehicle began to roll onto its side as it crossed the state road and came to a rest. The force of the accident also caused one of the fuel tanks on the tractor trailer to rupture causing it to leak diesel fuel onto the roadway. Kinney was checked by medical personnel from RMH Ambulance – he refused additional medical treatment and was released at the scene. As a result of the investigation and lengthy clean-up process, a section of SR 244 west of SR 3 was closed for nearly two and a half hours, before it was reopened.