Iowa offensive lineman Dan Heiar was pinned in his truck for an hour after crashing on Interstate 80 in the early morning hours last Sunday.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound juco transfer remains in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday he said the injuries are significant and expects Heiar to be in the UIHC for "a while."
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Matt Costello says Heiar, a transfer from Iowa Western Community College and native of Charlotte, Iowa, was involved in an accident at 2:45 am last Sunday.
Costello said Heiar was westbound on Interstate 80 when his truck veered off the road and hit a guardrail at the 255 mile marker, one of the West Branch interchanges. The truck then went down a hill and came to rest on its top, pinning the driver inside.
Once Heiar was removed from the truck, rescue crews took him to the UIHC, where his condition remains unknown.
Costello is still investigating the causes of the crash. He says alcohol was found inside the truck, but he does not have Heiar’s BAC to confirm if he was drunk at the time of the accident. The trooper also said wheel marks and the lack of signs of braking suggest Heiar may have fallen asleep while driving.
The trooper says when he spoke with Heiar at the hospital following the crash the football player couldn’t recall where he was coming from or where he was going. The investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed
“We hope it progresses forward in a good fashion,” Ferentz said.
Heiar, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior, is a native of Charlotte and attended Northeast Goose Lake High School as a prep.
“I’ve heard from a few teammates what’s going on,” linebacker Tyler Nielsen said. “It’s unfortunate. We hope he gets better. We have a team meeting coming up and we hope to get some updates on him and see if we can go visit him. We wish him the best and hopefully he’s able to recover well.”
From archived scanner audio that sounded associated with this, between 2:17 am and 2:48 am, April 10.
2:33 – [female voice] “I need Johnson County ambulance. I-80 westbound, just east of the 254 exit . . . Truck left the roadway, down in the ditch”
2:34 – [same female voice] “. . . Caller is in a Malibu. He’s parked alongside the road. There were flashers on.”2:38 – [male voice] 10-23 [arrived at scene?]