COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs woman was critically injured after her stopped vehicle was hit from behind on Interstate 480.
Council Bluffs police responded to the I-480 bridge shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after reports of a personal injury accident.
Police reports said a 2001 Saturn was stopped in the far right lane of traffic on the bridge when a 2006 Chevy K2500, driven by Jacob Tuttle, 31, of Omaha, struck it from behind.
Special Operations Sgt. Jason Bailey said Tuttle was just entering the interstate from the Playland Park entrance ramp. Tuttle told police he saw the Saturn in front of him as he was picking up speed to change lanes, but he didn’t think it was stopped because the hazard lights were not flashing.
Tuttle said he didn’t have time to apply the brakes and was unable to change lanes due to traffic. He struck the vehicle traveling at an estimated speed of 55-60 mph.
Tuttle was uninjured.
The driver of the Saturn, Doreen Petersen, 49, was in critical condition at the scene. A passenger, Lance Goebel, 50, of Omaha, also suffered serious injuries.
Petersen and Goebel were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. A hospital spokesperson said Thursday that Petersen remained in critical condition and Goebel had been released.
Bailey said investigators are still trying to determine why the Saturn was stopped. No citations have been issued in the crash, but the crash remains under investigation.