Iowa man suffers spinal injuries after being thrown from snowmobile

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An Iowa man suffered spinal injuries after being thrown from a snowmobile. 

Friday around 1:45 p.m., conservation officers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to the snowmobile crash about four miles south of Lehigh on the Des Moines River, according to the Iowa DNR.

They said that they believe Timothy Gerdes, 50, of Story City, was going about 60 to 65 mph when he hit a three-foot-tall ice heave that was hidden by the snow. Hitting the ice heave caused the snowmobile to go airborne and for him to be ejected. 

Gerdes was taken to a hospital in Fort Dodge before then taken to a Des Moines hospital for spinal injuries. The DNR said that he was wearing a helmet. 

The DNR would like to remind everyone of the dangers of ice heaves caused by the fluctuating water levels due to the freezing, thawing and re-freezing of the snow and ice.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Webster County Emergency Management, Dayton Fire Department, Leigh Fire and Rescue, Stratford Fire and Rescue and Fort Dodge Fire and Rescue assisted the Iowa DNR with the crash.
 

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