Multiple Crashes on I-80 Westbound Cause Backup Near Newton

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JASPER COUNTY, Iowa – Traffic is backed up on I-80 westbound near Newton due to at least three accidents and officials say one person was seriously injured.

Sgt. Nate Ludwig with the Iowa State Patrol says the first accident happened Thursday at 11:34 a.m. when a driver had a medical condition and their vehicle went into the ditch about five miles west of Newton. That caused traffic to back up and officials believe the next accident, a rear-end crash involving two vehicles, happened because a driver wasn’t paying attention or was distracted.

There was also a third accident involving a motorcycle. Sgt. Ludwig says the motorcyclist couldn’t slow down in time and rear-ended another vehicle. The motorcyclist was transported by air ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries. Their current condition is unknown.

Some of the people involved in the accidents suffered minor injuries but no one else was transported to a hospital.

Motorists should avoid the area. Sgt. Ludwig says traffic in the area will be slow for a few hours as crews work to clear the accidents.