Public Safety

Victim not found at scene of fiery rollover crash on I-380 near Cedar Rapids

Engine 1 and Truck 1 sit in the bay at the Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Cedar Rapi
Engine 1 and Truck 1 sit in the bay at the Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Cedar Rapids. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Emergency responders called to a rollover crash and subsequent vehicle fire early Thursday on Interstate 380 south of Cedar Rapids did not find any victims at the scene but soon after found a man from the vehicle seeking help at a nearby business.

At 1:50 a.m., units were dispatched to the vehicle fire on southbound Interstate 380 at Walford Road, according to a news release from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Multiple engine companies arrived and began putting water on the fire while looking for victims in or around the vehicle.

Cedar Rapids police and deputies from Linn and Johnson counties assisted in searching for people who might have been ejected. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras while searching, but no victims were found at the scene.

While a foot search continued, they were notified by dispatchers that a man had approached customers at a business asking for help. Units were dispatched there. An evaluation confirmed the man, who is in his mid-20s, was involved in the crash.

Whether the man was transported by ambulance for his injuries was unknown, according to the news release.

The vehicle was a total loss, and the incident remains under investigation.

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