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Semi Truck and Trailer Overturns - Misses Premier Communications

(Le Mars) -- A semi truck overturned on its side on Business Highway 75, just missing hitting the Premier Communications Building by mere inches.  The accident happened shortly after 2:00 p.m. The semi truck and trailer is operated by Westside Transport of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was driven by 48 year old Matthew Purdy of Cedar Rapids.  The truck was  hauling bales of cardboard as its cargo.  The Le Mars Police Department is conducting an investigation of the accident, but according to officials, early indications show the driver, Purdy, was perhaps traveling  at a faster rate of speed than the posted limit, and lost control as he attempted to make the turn located next to the Family Table Restaurant and Premier Communications.  Both the truck and the trailer ended on the side.  Skid marks from the accident show the trailer coming within inches of striking  the Premier Communications building.  Purdy did not report any injuries.  The Le Mars Police Department, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Highway Patrol, and the Le Mars Ambulance all assisted at the scene. The Le Mars Police Department issued a citation of failure to maintain control.


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