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Local News 12.29.2017

Two semis and a SUV collided on Highway 163 near Pella yesterday, injuring multiple people. The collision took place near mile marker 44 in the westbound lanes at 11:42 Thursday morning. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in the accident report that William Pickens of Grinnell was driving a gray semi and lost vision of a Ford Escape in front of his vehicle due to blowing snow at the time. The semi hit the SUV, which pushed it into another semi trailer in the westbound lane.  Driver Mallory Davis, passenger Michael Davis, and a three year old child–all from Waukee and inside the Ford Escape, were transported to Pella Regional Health Center with non-incapacitating injuries, while the vehicle received disabling damage. Both semis were driven away with minor damage.

A number of Windstream customers in the Knoxville area are still waiting for service to be restored after a line was partially cut Tuesday morning. Crews were repairing a water main break on First Street between Babbitt Street and Douglas Street when the line was cut. According to Windstream there is no estimated time of when repairs to the line will be completed – numerous sources are reporting that a fix could still be several days away. 

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