A Mt. Union teenager was hurt after falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing his car in a cemetery late Thursday night. According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, at 11:19 p.m. officers responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 1900 grid of Racine Avenue south of Mt. Union. They found that 18-year-old Michael Wayne Kilburn was driving a Ford 500 southbound on Racine Avenue. He fell asleep behind the wheel and the car drifted across the northbound lane of traffic and entered the eastside ditch. The vehicle struck the driveway to the Trinity Cemetery and the vehicle went airborne and landed on a vinyl fence surrounding the cemetery. The vehicle came to rest after striking two gravestones.
Kilburn was taken to Great River Medical Center in Burlington by Henry County Paramedics with non-life-threatening injuries. He was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to provide proof of financial liability in an accident.
New London Fire Department and First Responders, the Mt. Union Fire Department, the New London Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.