BY PCC STAFF
MONTROSE – A 75-year old Burlington man was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital Monday morning following a two-car accident at the junction of U.S. Hwy 61 and Hwy. 218 on the Montrose hilltop.
According to sheriff reports, Danny Joseph Brownlee of Burlington was driving in a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country van when he collided with a 2005 Sterling box truck driven by Jamie Ray Wrieden, 45, of Keokuk, in heavy fog on top of the hill.
Brownlee was trapped in the vehicle and showed several injuries. A witness at the scene was holding Brownlee’s head. The witness, who was behind Wrieden’s vehicle, said the fog was so thick it was very difficult to see any traffic.
Emergency crews broke out the passenger side middle window so crews could get inside the van to immobilize Brownlee, while crews mechanically removed the driver’s side door to get him out.
Wrieden said he was crossing the southbound lanes to travel north on Hwy. 218 and said, due to the heavy dense fog that hampered visibility, he didn’t see Brownlee’s vehicle until he was already crossing the southbound lanes.
He reported he saw Brownlee’s headlights once he was already in traffic and Brownlee struck Wrieden’s vehicle in the passenger side of the truck.
No citations were issued at the scene and Wrieden didn’t report any injuries at the scene.
Montrose Fire & Rescue, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, and Lee County EMS responded to the accident.