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Happy ending for local mother involved in semi crash

In a happy update to a front-page story published in June about a crash north of Clutier involving two semis, Dysart mother Natalie Smice gave birth two weeks early to a healthy baby girl last Friday. Smice was pregnant at the time the crash occurred which resulted in her being airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals.

Raelynn Jane Winter was born at 5:43 p.m. on August 26, to Smice and Robert Winter at MercyOne Hospital in Waterloo. At birth, Raelynn weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 21.5 inches long. Welcoming Raelynn home was her five-year-old brother and 11-year-old sister.

Smice was helping haul grain early on the morning of Wednesday, June 15 – heading north on V18 with an empty hopper trailer – when she noticed a semi with a flatbed trailer driven by Dennis Harris of Pulaski, Iowa, approaching the E29/V18 intersection from the west. After beginning to enter the intersection but stopping short, Harris then inexplicably pulled forward again into the intersection – right in front of Smice whose cab subsequently crashed behind Harris’ passenger side. Both semis suffered disabling damage in the crash.

“The first night home was a bit rough,” Smice, now a mother of three, admitted this past Monday morning following Raelynn’s birth before adding, “but hopefully tonight is much better. She’s doing amazing.”

Congratulations to the Smice-Winter family!