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UPDATE: Charges pending in I-80 crashes; names released

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The Iowa State Patrol says charges are pending in a chain reaction crash on I-80 in Iowa County Friday afternoon, injuring more than 30 people.

According to police, 59-year-old Fedir K. Maftei of Portland, Oregon rear ended an SUV by 29-year-old Andrea Lee Haglund of Muscatine, which had slowed for an earlier crash.

This caused a chain reaction crash with three other vehicles, including a tour bus.

The tour bus was carrying 27 people on board--including the driver--who were all sent to the hospital. 

The drivers involved, 50-year-old Keith E. Dickens, 27-year-old Kirby A. Weber and 30-year-old Leroy Steven Lowary, have all been sent to the hospital for their injuries.

A total of 32 patients have been sent to the hospital for their injuries. 


Caitlin Harbach contributed to this report. 

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According to University of Iowa Health Care Marketing and Communications, around 12 patients were brought into UI Hospitals and Clinics, where they are being treated and/or admitted.

More patients were transported to Marengo Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.  The exact number of those patients are not known at this time.  Those patients are not expected to be transferred to UI Hospitals and Clinics.

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A semi fire along Interstate 80 early Friday afternoon ended up leading to two separate crashes along a stretch of interstate near Williamsburg, according to officials.

A semi truck caught fire around mile marker 203 along westbound I-80 before 3 p.m. in Iowa County, according to Sgt. Nathan Ludwig with the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Crews put out the semi fire before it started back up again, Ludwig said.

Shortly after that fire, another crash occurred at mile marker 208. Ludwig did not know how many vehicles were involved in the second crash.

The third crash occurred at mile marker 215 and involved three cars, two semis and a transit bus, according to Ludwig.

He noted that nearly 30 people were injured in total. No fatalities have been reported.

The driver of one of the semis was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. It was unclear if it was a person from the semi that caught fire or one of the two involved in the third crash.

Emergency crews from four surrounding counties responded to the crashes, according to Ludwig.

KWWL's Bob Waters said traffic on I-80 was reopened before 7 p.m. Friday.

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People who were injured in multiple chain-reaction crashes along I-80 near Williamsburg on Friday began showing up at an Iowa City hospital nearly two hours later, according to hospital officials.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics spokeswoman Molly Rossiter said she did not have an estimate on the number of injured coming through the doors, nor their conditions, but said they began showing up just after 6:20 p.m. Friday -- nearly two hours after the original crashes occurred.

Another spokesman, Tom Moore, said the hospital was initially told to expect between 30 and 35 patients to the emergency room.

Rossiter said the hospital would issue a press release within an hour.

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Up to 35 people are expected at the emergency room in Iowa City after multiple crashes along I-80 westbound on Friday afternoon, including a tour bus and semi fire.

Thirty to 35 injured people were expected at the emergency room at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, according to spokesman Tom Moore.

The crashes, involving a tour bus, semi and other vehicles, occurred near Williamsburg.

Some of the injured could be sent to Des Moines hospitals as well, Moore told KWWL.

I-80 westbound was still shut down more than an hour after the crashes between exits 211 and 216, as well as one lane of I-80 eastbound between those exits, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

KWWL has a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as we get it.

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Authorities say up to 30 people have been injured in multiple crashes along westbound Interstate 80 near Williamsburg, causing a bus to explode and a semi truck to overturn and catch fire.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nate Ludwig says between 20 and 30 people have been injured in the wreck. He says a chain reaction of collisions triggered the bus explosion.

Ludwig says emergency crews have responded to the area.

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports the road between exits 216 and 211 is blocked due to the crashes.

A detour has been implemented. Eastbound traffic is reduced to one lane.

No further information has been released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A portion of Interstate 80 was closed Friday afternoon after a crash that appears to involve a bus and a semi.

I-80 westbound was completely closed due to a crash, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation, between exits 216 and 211.

I-80 eastbound was also down to one lane due to that westbound crash between exits 211 and 216.

That section of interstate is about 2 miles west of Williamsburg.

The crash happened at around 4:15 p.m. Friday.



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