Crash at dangerous Dyersville intersection sends three kids to hospital
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DYERSVILLE (KWWL) -
An accident in the notorious Dyersville intersection at US Highway 20 and Seventh Street southwest sent three kids to the hospital Wednesday evening.
According to Dyersville police chief Brent Schroeder, Leo Goldsmith, 81, of Earlville, was driving westbound on Highway 20, when he tried turning left onto 221st Street, which is across the highway from Seventh Street southwest. Goldsmith later told investigators an eastbound semi truck waiting to turn left onto Seventh Street southwest was blocking his line of sight.
As Goldsmith tried making the left turn, he hit a minivan traveling eastbound on Highway 20. This was just a little after 5:30 p.m.
Laura Schuman, 38, of Earlville, was driving the van. In the backseat, Schuman was transporting Jordan Schuman, 9; Gabrielle Schuman, 11 and Holly Offerman, 11, all of Earlville. The minivan rolled, eventually coming to rest on its wheels. According to the police report, all of the people involved were wearing seatbelts except for Gabrielle Schuman.
Ambulances took the three children to Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for treatment of minor injuries. The drivers were uninjured.
The vehicles were towed, with combined damages estimated at $18,000. The police report called Schuman's minivan totaled.
Dyersville police cited Goldsmith with Failure to Yield Upon Entering Thru Highway.
The accident also resulted in an estimated $100 in damage to a mile marker sign.
The Iowa DOT has flagged this intersection as one of the state's most dangerous, with multiple accidents and a number of fatalities. In June, the DOT announced plans to build exit and entrance ramps at the intersection. Dyersville city leaders have, for years, been pushing for increased safety measures at the site. In June of 2010, a fatal accident occurred there just one day after the DOT installed new blinking safety signals to warn drivers of oncoming traffic.
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