NORTHWOOD, IA — A north Iowa man is in the hospital after an early morning accident.
Shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday morning, 54-year-old Thomas Toye of Northwood was driving southbound on I-35 near mile marker 216 when he was hit from behind by a semi.
The semi truck driver tells the Iowa State Patrol that he did not see any tail lights on the car when he forced it into the median.
Toye was air-lifted by Mayo 1 to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
Although there is no word yet on whether the tail lights were working or not, the state patrol said it is a good time to remind you to make sure yours are working properly.
“Having your lights and indicators working allows you to have that perception of depth and so when you come up behind someone you can actually slow down to time or stop or whatever you need to do,” said Trooper Jeremy Mueller of the Iowa State Patrol.
He said it is a good idea to get them checked regularly.
“A good rule of thumb on maintenance is every other oil change is have the service center that’s taking care of your vehicle to go ahead and check all of your lights and indicators to see if they’re working,” Mueller said.
Authorities said Toye sustained non life-threatening injuries and that his seatbelt saved his life.
The accident is still under investigation.