Johnson County officials investigate rural crash

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Johnson County Sheriff's Office responded to a motor-vehicle collision near Sharon Center in which a passenger vehicle and a milk truck collided on Wednesday.

One passenger in the car was trapped during the crash, but emergency responders were able to extricate the person using mechanical spreaders and cutters.

Kendal Schlabach, 20, of Kalona was driving the car when it collided with the truck; he was transported by University of Iowa Air Care to the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Lindsay Helmuth, 22, also of Kalona, was transported by the Johnson County Ambulance Service to the UIHC. The third passenger, Monica Schlabach, was not injured.

The driver of the milk truck, Andrew Flanegan, 22, of Wellman was not injured. He is employed by Millers Milk Mooovers, a Riverside, Iowa, company.

The Kalona Fire Department aided the Sheriff's Office in the rescue. The accident is still under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the State Patrol.

— by Matt Starn

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