Serious injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident at approximately 4:05 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at the intersection of U Ave. and 320th Street, southwest of Rippey. A 2016 Ford F350, driven by 50-year-old Robert Eric Muir of Rippey, was southbound on U Ave. when an eastbound 2009 Chevrolet K3500 pickup, driven by 68-year-old Jerry Dean Dennhardt of Jefferson, entered the intersection. The Dennhardt vehicle was pulling a fifth-wheel trailer loaded with large, round hay bales. The Muir truck struck the Dennhardt vehicle’s driver side door and both vehicles ended up in the ditch to the southeast of the intersection. The Dennhardt pickup came to rest on its top and the trailer detached, spilling the hay bales. One of the round bales struck the right side of the Muir truck. Both drivers were transported to Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson by Greene County Emergency Medical Services and Grand Junction Rescue. Dennhardt was later air-lifted to Des Moines for treatment of unknown injuries. Both trucks were reported to be total losses. The accident remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
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