MASON CITY, IA — Officials say rain played a large role in a dramatic crash in between Mason City and Nora Springs this morning.
Fire crews in Cerro Gordo and Floyd counties responded to a rollover that pinned one man inside his truck.
Responders say while they were trying to contain the semi loaded with flammable materials, getting the man out safely was their highest priority.
“On the way out, dispatch said it was a tanker full and as you can see, its pretty much laying on its top. We got here and made sure there were no leaks and we did extrication. Which took over three hours,” said Assistant Fire Chief of Nora Springs, Tom Alden.
The incident took place at around 6:30 Tuesday morning, and according to the driver himself, the road conditions made it nearly impossible to see.
With heavy rain showers and strong winds, the driver was unable to keep an eye on lane lines leading his tanker to fall into the ditch and pinned the driver to his seat.
He was later transported to an area hospital were he was then treated for minor injuries despite the mangled mess left by his truck.
After speaking to one official, it was then made clear that driving in conditions with limited visibility is a risk you shouldn’t take.
If you must drive, do so well under the speed limit and make sure your cruise control is not engaged.
If you’re not in much of a hurry, take your time and make sure to get to a rest stop where you can potentially wait out the storm.
A tip that officers say can mean the difference between being safe and being sorry.