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Sheriff: Icy road blamed for accident

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

MORRISON – An icy road was blamed for a semitrailer accident that resulted in a blocked highway last week, authorities say.

Timothy W. Sharp, 56, of Deer Grove, was driving his truck west on U.S. Route 30, approaching Acker Road in western Whiteside County, when he lost control on ice, according to a news release Monday from the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department. It happened about 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

The truck struck the guardrail on the north side of the road, then left the road and dumped steel beams, the release said. That broke off the semitractor’s rear axle, impeding both lanes of traffic.

Katelyn E. Peterson, 22, of Charlotte, Iowa, also was headed west on U.S. 30 when she was unable to stop before striking the axle in the middle of the road, the release said.

Sharp was treated at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. Peterson was not hurt, according to the release.

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