UPDATE: Traffic rerouted after crash near Fort Madison Thursday
LEE COUNTY, IA —
UPDATED 11 a.m. Friday:
At 4:46 p.m. Thursday, emergency crews responded to the area of Mile Marker 18 on US Highway 61 in rural Fort Madison.
Two cars had collided and multiple injuries were reported.
When officials arrived on scene, they found a vehicle in the northbound lane of Highway 61 facing north, but torn nearly in two pieces.
The driver of the vehicle, Kendrick Seville, had his wife Rachel and their two children in the vehicle.
One child was ejected from the vehicle and suffered major injuries.
All of them were wearing seat belts and/or in child safety restraint seats.
The second vehicle involved was traveling north on US Highway 61 when the southbound vehicle, driven by Seville, struck the bridge railing causing it to go airborne and came to rest into the side of the second vehicle.
The second vehicle, driven by George 'Tony' Sargent of Keokuk, suffered moderate damage but Sargent and his 4 minor passengers had no injuries.
The entire Seville family were transported to Fort Madison Community Hospital and one child was later transported to the University of Iowa Hospital.
It was determined that Mr. Seville had fallen asleep and drove into the median and lost control of his vehicle.
Seville will be cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle at a later date.
UPDATE 6/21/18, 9:00 p.m.
Highway 61 north of Fort Madison is back open after a two vehicle crash sent a family of four to the hospital Thursday.
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber says he's never seen anything like it.
He says it was difficult getting the scene under control because one of the vehicles was ripped in half.
Weber says the driver of an SUV was headed south on 61 when he fell asleep, crossed the median, and into the oncoming lanes. His vehicle went sideways, hit a bridge, and became airborne before hitting an oncoming vehicle.
No one was hurt in the other vehicle, but the driver of the SUV had his whole family with him. One child was ejected from the SUV.
That man, his wife, and two young children were all taken the Fort Madison Hospital.
One of those children child was transferred by ambulance to an Iowa City hospital. Weber says weather conditions wouldn't allow for a life-flight. He says the father was treated and released from the hospital in Fort Madison and was able to accompany his child in the ambulance to Iowa City.
Crews were called to the scene of a traffic crash in Lee County Thursday evening.
Traffic was being rerouted from Highway 61 to Business 61 through downtown Fort Madison around 6:00 p.m.
That's according to Fort Madison Police Chief Tim Sittig, who says crews were on the scene of a two vehicle crash north of Highway 61 and the Highway two interchange.
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation. No word on how long the northbound lanes there will be closed.