Driver Takes Off After Concrete Truck Blows Through Red Lights, Hits Van, and Plows Into House

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police are searching for the driver of a concrete truck that hit a van and then slammed into the side of a house Thursday morning in Des Moines.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of MLK Jr. Parkway and Cottage Grove. Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department says witnesses told police the concrete truck was traveling southbound on MLK and blew through two red lights at the bridge over I-235. The truck then hit a blue van, careened off the road and went through a fence, finally coming to stop after hitting the side of a home.

Sgt. Parizek says the driver of the truck fled the scene on foot. Police are still searching for the driver.

A man in the van was transported to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Two people were in the home when the truck hit it, but they weren't injured. Police say the home did suffer significant structural damage.

Roads in the area are blocked off while police investigate. Southbound MLK is closed starting at the north side of the bridge over I-235. Cottage Grove is closed in both directions between II-235 and 19th Street. Police expect the area to be closed for at least two hours and are urging drivers to take another route.

Power is also out to the area.

Police are investigating what caused the accident.

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