Two minivans on Highway 163 collided Saturday night – the incident took place west of Pella shortly before 5pm on Saturday; Numerous agencies responded to the crash at the intersection of 163 and 180th place between Pella and Otley in the westbound lanes. Airbags deployed in both vehicles and the minivans both experienced significant front end damage but thankfully no serious injuries were reported.
The Pella police department has a powerful new tool at its disposal to help combat opioid overdoses. In response to the growing national opioid crisis, the Pella Police Department is now carrying a life-saving drug for those showing symptoms of an overdose. Lt. Bret Haupert says officers are now trained and equipped with Naloxone–in this case the NARCAN brand, which is a nasal spray that can counteract the effects of heroin and other common opioids in an emergency situation. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids; Haupert says they’ve had the counter-agent for a short period of time, and already it has been used to save a life over the weekend.