New Hampton, Iowa – A Shell Rock man is seriously injured after colliding nearly head-on with a semi.
The crash occurred at 7:10am this morning at the 196 exit of Highway 63 southbound near Highway 18.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, 21-year-old Hunter Poppe of Shell Rock was operating a 2019 Ford F350 northbound on the southbound lane of Highway 63 from the exit ramp with Highway 18 when he collided nearly head-on with a 2015 Peterbilt semi being driven by 58-year-old Ricky Toutges of Byron, Mn.
Poppe suffered life threatening injuries while Toutges received minor injuries in the crash.
The crash report states that Poppe was not wearing a seatbelt.
Assisting agencies include the Iowa State Patrol, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa DNR, DOT MVE, Mercy One Air, New Hampton Fire & Rescue and New Hampton Ambulance.
The accident remains under investigation.
See the accident report here.