Details released of Iowa football player’s accident

BY J.T. BUGOS | APRIL 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa offensive lineman Dan Heiar was trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour after a single-vehicle crash near West Branch, according to a report in the Des Moines Register.

State Patrol Trooper Matt Costello’s investigation revealed that Heiar was traveling westbound on Interstate-80 at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday when his truck veered off the road and hit a guardrail at mile marker 255. The truck went down a hill and landed on its top, pinning Heiar inside.

“It took an hour or longer for us to extricate him with the jaws of life,” Costello told the Register. “He was conscious when the firefighters got there, then he was silent.”

Heiar, a transfer from Iowa Western Community College, was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where his condition remains unknown.

When asked if he had any updates during a teleconference on Tuesday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz couldn’t add much detail.

“He was involved in an accident, and it’s significant,” the 13-year head coach said. “We expect him to be hospitalized for a while. We’re just hopeful everything progresses forward in a good fashion.
“It was an accident; there’s not a lot to say.”

Offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe said he couldn’t add anything either, only saying, “Dan was doing a nice job while we had him. Hope we get him back soon.”

Costello found containers of beer in the 2000 Chevy Avalanche Heiar was driving, but the trooper said he didn’t have Heiar’s blood-alcohol content. There were also indications the lineman may have fallen asleep while driving. The investigation is on-going.

Heiar, a 6-5, 285 pound sophomore from Charlotte, Iowa, was not listed on the spring practice depth chart.

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