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Shell Rock man facing life threatening injuries in collision with semi

New Hampton, Iowa – A Shell Rock man is seriously injured after colliding nearly head-on with a semi.

The crash occurred at 7:10am this morning at the 196 exit of Highway 63 southbound near Highway 18.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, 21-year-old Hunter Poppe of Shell Rock was operating a 2019 Ford F350 northbound on the southbound lane of Highway 63 from the exit ramp with Highway 18 when he collided nearly head-on with a 2015 Peterbilt semi being driven by 58-year-old Ricky Toutges of Byron, Mn.

Poppe suffered life threatening injuries while Toutges received minor injuries in the crash.

The crash report states that Poppe was not wearing a seatbelt.

Assisting agencies include the Iowa State Patrol, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa DNR, DOT MVE, Mercy One Air, New Hampton Fire & Rescue and New Hampton Ambulance.

The accident remains under investigation.

See the accident report here.


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Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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