Press Release – fatality accident 12-19-2019

Madison County SO


December 19, 2019

South 13th Street/Hwy 81 Fatality Accident

On December 19, 2019 at approximately 0918 hours, Madison County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle accident in the 2500 block of South 13th Street/Highway 81, Norfolk.

Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Norfolk Police Department Officers and Norfolk Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the accident scene.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that the driver, Donovan Rasmussen (30) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lone occupant of a 2016 Jeep was deceased.

The second driver, Westley Lyon (34) from Columbus, Nebraska and lone occupant of cargo truck was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

At this time, the accident is still under investigation, but witness statements showed that the North bound Jeep was being driven at a high rate of speed and lost control, crossing the raised median and striking the south bound cargo truck.

The southbound lanes of Highway 81 were shut down for approximately four hours for the investigation and clean-up of the scene.

Norfolk Police Department assisted in the accident investigation. NDOR assisted in the clean up of debris and oil from the roadway.

Next of kin have been notified.

Sheriff Todd Volk

Madison County Sheriff’s Office