Pierson, Iowa – A fatal collision between two vehicles resulted in one death on Wednesday evening.
The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. in rural Pierson. Officials stated that the drivers involved in the crash were Marilyn Ebert of Washta, 69, and Shane Beeson of Pierson, 40.
According to reports, Ebert was driving eastbound on road C-66 while Beeson was facing westbound in the eastbound lane, preparing to back his flatbed trailer into a driveway.
For unknown reasons, Ebert lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the semi-truck, causing her vehicle to roll into a nearby ditch.
A passenger in Ebert’s vehicle, Jerad Ebert of Washta, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Marilyn Ebert, who was wearing a seatbelt, survived the crash and was life-flighted to MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center for treatment.
The cause of the accident remains unclear. No further information was currently available.
There are many potential causes of this accident that must be investigated
I am deeply sorry to learn of this fatal accident that has left one man dead and a woman seriously injured. While the reports on the accident are not entirely clear, there are several concerns I have based on the information that has been provided.
First, the acts of the truck driver must be investigated. While it states the driver was likely backing his truck into a private driveway, it is not clear how this was being accomplished. Did the truck have its lights on? If they were, did the brightness of the lights blind Ms. Ebert? In either situation, the negligence of the truck driver must be accounted for. If the truck’s lights were not on, then Ms. Ebert likely could not see the truck on the shoulder of the road. If the lights were on, she probably couldn’t see anything at all. This is the very reason you do not park a semi-truck in the opposite lane of traffic. The driver’s actions must be accounted for in this crash.
I am also interested in the crashworthiness of the vehicle. Crashworthiness refers to the vehicle’s ability to protect its occupants in a rollover accident. Any time you have a rollover accident, the crashworthiness of the vehicle should be investigated. This can be done by trained lawyers with experience in this area of law. If the vehicle did not provide sufficient protection during the rollover, the Ebert’s may be able to hold the manufacturer of the vehicle responsible for their injuries and the resulting death caused by this accident.
This is a serious accident, and the entire Ebert family will suffer as a result. We offer our deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time and pray they might find peace.