An Oelwein man faces charges after crashing his van in rural Buchanan County.


The accident was reported to authorities at about 5pm Friday (Dec. 28), in the 2200 block of Quasqueton Diagonal Boulevard, southeast of Independence.

A van driven by Bennie Dillard of Oelwein, was northbound when he lost control. The van entered the ditch, where it struck a utility pole.

Dillard had to be extricated from the van; he was taken to the Independence hospital, to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Dillard was charged with Failure to Maintain Control, Driving While License Suspended, No Insurance and Failure to Transfer Title. The accident was investigated by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office.