Wayland man injured in Greene County accident

By David Hotle, Golden Triangle New Service


GREENE COUNTY ? A Wayland man was critically injured in a three-vehicle accident reported in Green County Monday, which closed Highway 30 east of Jefferson for about five hours.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Travis Davis, 37, of Wayland, suffered critical injuries and was transported to Greene County Medical Center by Greene County Emergency Medical Services.

Reports indicated Davis was traveling southbound on County Road P-33 (S Avenue) driving a 2018 Wilson 402H owned by Travis Davis Trucking. Davis was reportedly hauling hogs. A 2000 Kenworth tanker truck driven by Jeffrey Mercer, 43, of Osceola, was traveling westbound on Highway 30 approaching P-33. The report stated Davis failed to stop as posted and struck the tanker portion of Mercer?s rig. After impact, Davis continued across Highway 30 and entered the west ditch on P-33 and stopped in a jackknifed position. Mercer continued westbound and was able to pull his semi-tractor to the north shoulder, but the tanker trailer detached, entered the south ditch on Highway 30 and ignited. The owner of the fuel tanker was not named in the report.

David Reed, 50, of Jefferson, was driving a 2013 GMC Sierra 2500. His vehicle struck the debris field, entered the south ditch on Highway 30 and also ignited.

According to the police report, Reed suffered minor injuries and was also transported to the medical center by Greene County EMS. Mercer was not injured.

Davis? rig and Reed?s pickup were towed from the scene. The Greene County Sheriff?s office, Jefferson and Grand Junction fire departments and the Region V HAZMAT team all responded to the scene.