Accident

(Malvern) -- Two people were injured in a five-vehicle crash that shut down Highway 34 for a time in Mills County.

The Iowa State Patrol says 28-year-old Rafael Perez Pinero of Miami, Florida was driving a semi eastbound on Highway 34 near 350th Street west of Hastings around 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say Pinero was approaching a construction zone and failed to stop for a line of cars waiting for a pilot car.

The semi struck a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 56-year-old Jan Peter Schaapherder of Clarinda, pushing it into the ditch and causing it to roll. The semi continued to hit a 2016 Ford Edge driven by 38-year-old Jeremy Tosaya of Elkhorn, Nebraska, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 24-year-old Joseph Bechtle of Lincoln and a 2019 Peterbilt Semi driven by 44-year-old Patrick Keller of Council Bluffs.

Schaapherder was taken by Malvern Rescue to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital and Tosaya was taken to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment of injuries. The Mills County Sheriff's Office and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, as well as multiple first responders assisted at the scene.