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Man cited for striking road worker directing traffic on highway near Rockwell


This news story was published on September 22, 2016.
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ambulanceMASON CITY – A Rockwell man has been cited for striking with his car a road worker who was directing traffic north of Rockwell on Highway 65.

The accident took place Thursday at about 12:30 PM near 155th Street and Highway 65. The Cerro Gordo Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a car/pedestrian accident north of Rockwell at that time.

According to a report, 70-year-old Merlyn Tramel of Rockwell was Northbound on Highway 65 approaching road workers with the Iowa Department of Transportation when he struck 34-year-old Mark Nel of Nora Springs, who was directing traffic due to water crossing the roadway.

Nel was transported to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa due to injuries sustained from the accident. Tramel was cited for unsafe approach to certain stationary vehicle resulting in injury.

The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting the Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs Department was the Iowa Department of Transportation, Rockwell-Swaledale EMT’s and Mason City Fire Medics.

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6 Responses to Man cited for striking road worker directing traffic on highway near Rockwell

  1. Polio Loco Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Probably texting on a bag phone

  2. Katie Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I hope this DOT worker will be OK. Hearing about this brought shudders to me thinking about Paul Brunsvold and Ron Cooper from Hanlontown who were killed while working for the DOT on the I-35 bridge at Clear Lake on April 14, 1998.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Thank goodness this guy is okay. Drivers need to pay attention!

  4. Tax Payer Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Probably texting ! Check that darn cell phone 🙂

  5. the real fred Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Time to give up the license, Pops.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Get this guy off the road before he kills someone! Idiot drivers need to PAY ATTENTION so innocent people are not hurt or worse!!!!! GET A CLUE PEOPLE!!!