Possible injuries in highway tractor collision

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Matt Steffes of Arnolds Park was transported by ambulance after the tractor he was driving along Highway 71 was struck by another vehicle. Traffic in the northbound lanes was slowed for approximately an hour as the vehicles and debris were removed from the road.
Photos by Seth Boyes

An Arnolds Park man was taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare Monday after a collision on Highway 71 south of Milford. The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office began directing traffic in the northbound lane of the highway shortly after noon. A statement from the sheriff’s office said 32-year-old Matt Steffes of Arnolds Park was driving a John Deere 4520 tractor northward along the highway. The tractor was pulling a scraper and was struck by a 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by 39-year-old Christopher Cavin of Hartley.

The sheriff’s office said the Dodge collided with the rear of the tractor and scraper. The tractor continued for approximately 100 yards before it came to a stop on the east shoulder of the highway. The impact separated the scraper from the tractor and was resting near the center line. Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision.

Steffes collapsed after dismounting from the tractor. He was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. Cavin declined immediate medical treatment and was cited with failure to provide proof of insurance.

Traffic along the highway was reduced to using one northbound lane for an hour before the vehicles and debris could be removed.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office stated the accident is under investigation at this time. No indication was given regarding Steffes’ condition.

Deputies were assisted by police departments from Milford and Arnolds Park, the Iowa State Patrol, Milford Fire and Rescue, Bud’s Towing of Spencer, Bob’s Towing of Milford and the Dickinson County Communications Center.

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