A fog-shrouded, fiery collision between a pair of semi tractor-trailer rigs early Monday morning south of Emmetsburg claimed the life of one truck driver. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim of the crash as 52-year old Steven Rosenboom of Little Rock.
According to Trooper Kevin Krull of the Iowa State Patrol's District Six Office in Spencer, the accident occurred at 6:08 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the intersection of Iowa Highway Four and 390 Street (the Airport Road bypass) south of Emmetsburg. A 1999 Volvo semi tractor-trailer owned and driven by 64-year old David Ruehle of Graettinger was southbound on Highway Four when a 2001 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer owned and driven by 52-year old Steven Rosenboom of Little Rock, pulled out from the stop sign at 390 Street and in front of the Ruehle semi and was hit broadside. Following the impact, the tractor driven by Rosenboom burst into flames and came to rest in the west ditch of Highway Four, while the Ruehle truck jackknifed and to rest in the southbound lane of Highway Four.
Steven Rosenboom was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Ruehle was treated at the scene for injuries and was transported by a private individual to the Palo Alto County Hospital.
The accident report noted that a heavy fog blanketed the area at the time of the crash.
The Emmetsburg Fire Department, Emmetsburg Police Department, Emmetsburg Ambulance Service and Palo Alto County Sheriff's Department along with the Iowa State Patrol all responded to the scene and were also assisted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Reserves, Palo Alto County Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Palo Alto County Secondary Road Department and the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The Iowa State Patrol is continuing its investigation into the collision.