Weather-Related Accidents Remain Under Investigation
The Fayette County Sheriff is investigating two Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24) 2-vehicle, weather related accidents that happened about a half-hour apart.
The first happened at about 12 noon, on Highway 150 near 190th Street, south of West Union. A pickup driven by 54 year old Mark Lauer of West Union was traveling north, when he slowed due to poor visibility from the blowing snow.
A northbound car, driven by Vanese Bantz of Fayette, failed to slow down because of the poor visibility, and rear-ended Lauer's pickup.
No one was injured, but there was $2,000 damage to Lauer's 2009 Chevy Silverado and $3,000 worth of damage to Bantz's 1997 Mercury Tracer.
The other accident occurred at about 12:30pm, on "K" Avenue, northeast of Oelwein. 18 year old Kaylee Fernette of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, was driving southbound when her car became stuck in a snow drift.
Another vehicle driven by 22 year old Nicholas Houg of Fayette, ran into Fernette's car, because of the blowing snow and poor visibility. No one was injured, but there was $2,000 damage to Fernette's 2008 Pontiac G-6, and $5,000 damage to Houg's 2004 Nissan Xterra.