Kia vehicles in the U.S. with steering issues recalled

Korean automaker Kia Motors is recalling over 256,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to a possible steering malfunction that may result in accidents, a November 16 article reported.

According to reports, the 2014-2015 models of the Soul compact Sport Utility Vehicles may crash when certain parts in the steering gear separate. Kia stated in the recall that the problem may occur due to the weak adhesive used in the steering gear parts, and the company has shared this information with federal authorities. Kia also stated that they are unaware of any injuries or crashes involving the steering issue. Kia dealers will begin repairing and improving the steering components of the recalled vehicles on December 22nd.

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Iowa sees increase in fatal crashes

Officials in the state of Iowa have said that the number of fatal accidents have increased this year and are attributing this to the change in the weather.

“This year has been different because we had a storm and then we don’t have snow for a month or two so they go back to their original driving conditions and they we get another storm and that when we see a lot of collisions because they don’t become adjusted for three months, You have a break in between,” said Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol.

Officials have stated that many drivers are not realizing the danger in just a light layer of snow on the roadway. Officials have said that the second cause in an increase has been attributed to distracted driving.

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Waterloo crash kills Madison man

Joseph Pink, 71, of Madison, WI, died Wednesday from injuries suffered after a car collision in Waterloo, IA, earlier this week.

According to authorities, Pink was hit by Garth Beatty, 70, of Vinton, IA, while crossing the southbound lanes of Highway 63.  Beatty was driving a pickup truck with a trailer attached.

Both cars ended up in a ditch, and the pickup truck flipped upon impact.  Beatty was brought to a nearby Waterloo hospital.

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5-car accident in West Liberty

Candelaria Antonio, 24, of West Liberty, was driving her Ford Explorer on Nov 7 when a vehicle struck her from behind.

Antonio was making on the 900 block of N. Columbus St. into a private drive when Patricia Koenig, 65, of West Liberty, hit Antonio with her van from behind.  Francisco Reyes, 50, of West Liberty, was driving behind Koenig and stopped his car, but a domino effect of collisions began.   Reyes was hit from behind by Fernando Rios, 38, of Muscatine, and Rios was then hit by Leonel Ayala, 29, of West Liberty.

Koenig and Ayala were issued citations for failure to maintain control while driving, and the remaining three were issued citations for failure to carry a valid Iowa drivers license.

Three of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries.

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Iowa man injured after crashing into semitrailer

On Saturday,  Ryan J. Siebenbrodt, 30, of Des Moines crashed into an empty semitrailer driven by Walter J. Seilheimer, 66, of Sandwich, IL.

Siebenbrodt was driving a Chevrolet Impala which collided with the semi near Main Street and County Line Road in Kane County.  According to police, Siebenbrodt had to be cut from his car and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  Seilheimer was unharmed.

The incident is still under investigation.

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One Injured in Iowa Motor Vehicle Accident

A man from Buffalo was injured in a rollover car accident in Davenport Tuesday.

According to officials with the Davenport Police Department, 34 year-old Kevin Derrickson sustained multiple injuries in an auto accident on Interstate 74 near mile marker 0 shortly after 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was transported by ambulance to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street for treatment. He was later transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City.

According to the accident report, Derrickson was driving a 2008 Ford Escape eastbound on I-74 when he began coughing. As he was coughing, Derrickson drove into the center median, crossed into the westbound lanes, and onto the westbound shoulder. His SUV rolled several times before coming to a rest.

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Iowa Car Accidents: Fatal Crash Near Alden

One person was killed and another injured in an Iowa car accident Tuesday morning.

The deceased was identified as 17 year-old Victoria Westfall. She was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City where she was pronounced dead.

The injured victim, 57 year-old Marlo White, was transported by ambulance to Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. She is listed in fair condition.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Hardin Street and C Avenue about five miles northwest of Alden. Police say Westfall was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Hardin Street while White was traveling southbound on C Avenue in a Silverado pickup truck. Both vehicles entered the uncontrolled intersection and collided.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.



Pedestrian accident leaves 57-year-old Naperville man dead

Iowa authorities report that a 57-year-old Naperville man was killed in a pedestrian accident on Sunday.

The incident took place around 4:40 PM on Interstate 80 in Scott County in eastern Iowa. Police say that the man tried to cross the interstate and was struck by a semitrailer.

The 57-year-old man died instantly, and the truck driver was not injured.

Police are stil investigating the death and no charges have yet been filed.



Two killed in single-vehicle crash

The Iowa State Patrol reports that a one-car crash last weekend left two Williams residents dead.

The crash occurred early Saturday morning in Franklin County near Dows. A 40-year-old man lost control of his 1992 Mazda as he was traveling eastbound on Balsam Avenue. He crashed into a roadside creek.

The 40-year-old man and his 14-year-old passenger were killed in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.



Deadly Crash Cause May Have Been Texting

According to Radio Iowa, 17-year-old Jennifer Flockhart from Mechanicsville was likely typing a text message before she crashed her vehicle on July 5. In eastern Iowa, Flockhart flipped her car into a ditch and was killed.

An Iowa Department of Public Safety Spokesperson said that police located an unfinished text on the girl’s cell phone. Radio Iowa quotes Iowa DPS spokesperson Jessica Lown, “‘Unfortunately, we have some evidence to indicate that she may have been texting while she was driving and it may have been a contributing factor to the accident that took her life,” Lown said.'”

Iowa has officially made it illegal to text and drive simultaneously. This year, motorists will only receive a warning for the dangerous behavior. Next year, the fines will ensue.



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