On Monday, August 20, 2012 at approximately 10:25 AM, Waterloo Police were patrolling the area of Washington Street and West 18th Street when an officer observed smoke and flames coming from a vehicle. The officer found that four vehicles had been involved in an accident and two vehicles were on fire and bystanders were helping the injured.
Waterloo Fire Rescue arrived, put out the flames and helped with the injured.
The traffic investigation found that a vehicle traveling west on Washington Street rear-ended another car causing a chain reaction involving two more cars. Two drivers and two passengers were taken to local hospitals for injuries. The cars had been waiting to turn onto 18th Street, but there was a train crossing 18th Street, causing the traffic to back up. The accident remains under investigation.
Captain Tim Pillack
Waterloo Police Department