Chain reaction

A chain reaction accident on U.S. Highway 169 south of 270th Street sent two people to the hospital Thursday afternoon with minor injuries.

According to Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Randy Steinkamp, the accident happened when a 2010 Ford Focus driven by Rickey Lee Harrington, 62, of Fort Dodge, slammed into three other vehicles stopped in the northbound lane waiting for clearance to go through a one-lane construction zone.

Harrington was transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center.

The first vehicle struck was a 2005 van driven by Christopher Glen Nedved, 51, of Fort Dodge, which then struck a 2004 Cadillac driven by Peter Lloyd Vandeventer, 63, of Rosemont, Minn. A passenger in the Cadillac, Sheryl Vandeventer, was transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center. The last vehicle involved, a 2013 Toyota Tundra, was occupied by Michael John Richards, 64, of West Des Moines.

Steinkamp said charges are pending against Harrington.

The Iowa State Patrol, Webster County Sheriff’s Department and Trinity Regional Medical Center responded to the 2:50 p.m. accident.