Update: West Ames accident rolls SUV


Photo: Logan Gaedke/Iowa State Daily

A tow truck driver operates a winch to roll a flipped SUV upright Monday on Lincoln Way. The SUV rolled during a collision with another car.

Sarah Binder

Police, fire and ambulance crews responded to an accident at 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Way and Marshall Avenue entrance to west Hy-Vee.

A white SUV was laying on its driver’s side, and a crumpled red sedan sat nearby.

Christy Coons, sophomore in pre-business, was driving the SUV at the time of the accident. She said she was heading west on Lincoln Way, turning left into the Hy-Vee parking lot, when the sedan, heading east, hit her car.

“They had to have been going at least 50 miles per hour,” Coons said.

Coons had a cut on her forehead and was holding her neck. The other passenger of the SUV, former student Jessica Wilson, had already gone to the hospital with a sore neck and some cuts, but Coons said she was fine and talking when she left. Coons intended to go to the hospital later that night.

Sgt. Mark Watson said he did not know how many people were in the sedan at the time of the accident or what their conditions were.

He said further details would be unavailable until the official report is released Wednesday.

A small crowd of spectators had gathered around the accident scene, and Lincoln Way traffic was diverted until 10:30 p.m.

Updated: Coons was later cited with failure to yield upon a left turn.

Ames Police Cmdr. Mike Brennan said this is one of the most common, and most dangerous, types of citations.