UPDATE: South Taft Avenue reopened after crash


UPDATE: South Taft Avenue at 9th St. SW is reopened.

Officers are in the area waiting for a street sweeper for debris.

MASON CITY, Iowa –  A section of South Taft Avenue is closed after an SUV vs. semi  crash around 1 p.m.

Authorities say a semi truck was hit by an SUV around 1 p.m. near 9th St. SW and South Taft Avenue.

Mason City Fire Lt. Dustin Pillard says according to witnesses, an SUV was trying to pass another vehicle and when it accelerated to pass, the driver didn’t realize the trailer in front of the vehicle was turning into a driveway. That caused the SUV to hit the trailer and crack the saddle tank.

Pillard says the tank holds about 100 gallons of diesel fuel and it split in half. An estimated 50 gallons is on the road.

The SUV driver was reportedly taken to the hospital for evaluation of unknown injuries.

Stay tuned for updates.

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