DES MOINES, Iowa – A driver was killed in an accident on the south side of Des Moines Monday.
Shortly before 11:30 a.m., police were called to the northbound exit of Fleur Drive at the Highway 5 bypass for a vehicle on fire. Des Moines police say the driver was ejected after crashing into one of the cement bridge beams. A passerby stopped to help and called 911.
“Witnesses had already pulled the victim away from the car. The officer helped them pull a little bit further and they started CPR,” says Des Moines Sgt. Paul Parizek.
Police closed the ramp and diverted drivers off Highway 5 from Fleur Drive and SW 9th for a little over three hours.
This was one of several highway traffic deaths across the state in just under 48 hours.
“We always want to go lower. We don’t want to go up,” says Sgt. Dave Halverson with the Iowa State Patrol.
As of today, the death toll stands at 167. That is slightly higher than the 164 fatalities from this time last year.
“It is something we take personally,” says Halverson. “Our job is traffic safety and keeping alive out here.”