I-80 camera captures 10-car crash between Waukee and West Des Moines
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A 10-car crash during the morning rush hour on Interstate 80 in West Des Moines resulted in a pileup and 1-hour delay for commuters. The incident was captured by an I-80 camera, highlighting the severity of the crash.
Ten vehicles were involved in the crash just west of Jordan Creek Parkway on eastbound I-80 at about 7:45 a.m., according to Sgt. Alex Dinkla with the Iowa State Patrol. Three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The road was blocked between Exit 118, Grand Prairie Parkway (near Waukee) and Exit 121, Jordan Creek Parkway (West Des Moines) for about an hour before the crash was cleared.
Construction zone on I-80 sees ‘stark rise’ in crashes
The area between the town of DeSoto and Jordan Creek Parkway is currently a construction zone that has seen a “stark rise” in crashes, according to Sgt. Dinkla. He mentioned that most of the time, vehicles slow down when they reach the construction zone, leading to a “chain reaction” of vehicles rear-ending each other.
“People are driving too fast,” Dinkla said. “They’re also not using proper following distance and not having patience within the morning rush hour.”
To prevent these accidents, drivers are urged to slow down and maintain a following distance of about three to five seconds. This simple step can significantly reduce the chances of collisions and ensure safer travel through the construction zone.