Ice and deer contribute to weekend crashes

An Oelwein woman’s car sits on the shoulder after sliding off Hwy. 3 near Starmont schools on Saturday. (Courtesy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office)

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reported a handful of crashes Nov. 12-13

Icy conditions got the best of an SUV and then a car at the Hwy. 3 round-about near Starmont High School Saturday morning. No injuries were reported but combined vehicle damage was estimated at about $2,000

At 7:19 a.m., Nov. 12, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch near the round-about. A 38-year-old Milwaukee, Wisconsin, man lost control of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 he was driving because of icy road conditions. It slid into the ditch and received an estimated $1,500 in damage, according to the Fayette County deputy’s report.

Between the time of the call and when the deputy arrived on scene, 2015 Ford Fusion operated by 65-year-old Oelwein woman slid along the same path as the Cadillac and struck the curb outside of the round-about breaking the wheel off the car, an estimated $500 worth of damage.

The two vehicles did not collide.

Earlier at 5:49 a.m.,, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle vs. deer accident in the 12,000 block of Highway 3, approximately two miles east of Oelwein. A 34-year-old Fort Madison woman was traveling east in a 2017 GMC Acadia when she struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. The GMC received approximately $1,500 in damage. No injuries were reported for the driver.

Charges are pending against a 30-year-old West Union woman after she allegedly crashed her 2013 Ford Edge into a light pole around 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, near Casey’s General Store in Clermont. The driver and her passenger left the scene but the driver was located and transported to the hospital in West Union for treatment of her injuries. The Edge apparently was traveling south and missed the curve, leaving the roadway and striking the pole. a light pole causing damage to the vehicle and light pole. This incident remains under investigation. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Clermont Ambulance Service and Alliant Energy.