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Car Flipped Pinning Driver

(Merrill) -- Rescue workers had to extricate an 80 year old female driver after her car had flipped end over end as a result of a one car accident that happened this morning on County Road K-42 about two miles north of Merrill.  The accident happened at about 9:40 a.m. According to Plymouth County sheriff's deputies, the car driven by Donna Cornish of rural Ireton, initially left the pavement on the west shoulder, then the driver overcorrected and crossed the center line and lost control entering the east ditch where her car had flipped.  Skid marks could be seen on the pavement as to where Cornish tried to stop the vehicle.  The driver was pinned inside the vehicle, and rescue personnel from the Merrill Fire Department, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Le Mars Ambulance, and Merrill Ambulance worked for more than an hour in attempting to get the driver out of the flipped car.  Cornish was airlifted via helicopter to Mercy Medical Trauma Center.  While the rescue was being performed, thirteen semi trucks loaded with corn were lined up on the county road waiting to get access to the Plymouth Energy ethanol plant.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident.  The Iowa Highway Patrol, and the Merrill Police also assisted at the scene.


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