Motorcycle accident could have been worse
Wed, 05/23/2018 - 1:10pm admin
LIME SPRINGS - On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:42 p.m., the Howard County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a motorcycle accident on A23, about two miles east of Lime Springs. A pickup traveling east-bound, operated by 67-year-old Steven Elsbernd from Ridgeway, Iowa had a metal barrel come out of the trailer it was in and entered the roadway.
A west-bound motorcycle, operated by 30-year-old Robert Ashford from Cresco, Iowa put the motorcycle down on its side to avoid the barrel but was unable to avoid the collision. Ashford was wearing helmet, pants and long sleeves, which saved him from more serious injuries. He was transported to Regional Health Services of Howard County. He suffered a broken leg and was released from the hospital the same night.
Elsbernd was cited for spilling loads on highways. Deputy Tim Beckman said, “We want to remind people that these types of crashes are avoidable and to always secure your cargo on your pickup or trailer.”
Lime Springs Fire Department, Howard County Ambulance and First Responders assisted at the scene.
The motorcycle was towed by Northeast Iowa Motors.
On the same day, the Sheriff’s Department received a report of trash dumped on Howard Ave. near the state line, east of Chester. It appeared to be roofing materials. The Sheriff’s Department is taking any information as to who illegally dumped the materials. This costs the county to transport and dispose of properly.
The accident is being investigated by Deputy Tim Beckman.