Public Safety

Lisbon man airlifted to hospital after ATV accident in Highway 30 construction zone

A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)
A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)

A man who suffered life-threatening injuries was taken by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after an all-terrain vehicle rollover in a construction zone for new Highway 30.

Charles Franks III, 33, of Lisbon, and Eduardo Rodriguez, 14, of Washington, Iowa, were driving their ATVs in the construction zone near Green Ridge Road in rural Linn County on Wednesday night when they lost control of their vehicles, leading them to roll, according to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Rodriguez was wearing a helmet, according to the release, but Franks was not.

Emergency responders arrived about 7:30 p.m. and transported Franks by Lifeguard Air Ambulance to UIHC. Rodriguez was transported by his mother, also to UIHC, for treatment of minor injuries.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

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