Two people have been cited in Sunday's four-vehicle Interstate-80 bridge accident that sent 11 to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said Tuesday.

Pedro Ferreira, 29, of Chicago, the driver of a silver Mercury Mountaineer van that was involved, was cited for expired license and failure to secure child, Scott County Sheriff's Deputy Sean Thompson said.

A semitrailer driven by Vitalie Mihai, 30, from Florida, was cited for no valid commercial driver's license and failure to maintain control, Thompson said.

The Scott County Accident Response Team along with the Iowa State Patrol investigated the crash that happened Sunday on the eastbound lanes of the I-80 bridge over the Mississippi River.

Thompson said the semi was traveling in the right hand lane when it approached several slowing vehicles. Trying to avoid the vehicles, the semi driver tried to make a quick lane change into the left-hand lane when the semi struck a red Ford Flex driven by Katherine Woods, 47, of Bettendorf in the passenger rear side, sending the Flex into the east-side concrete barrier.

The semi started to jackknife and struck a silver Volkswagen Golf, driven by Anne Covell, 32, of Iowa City in the right lane with its trailer, which sent it into the Mercury van and then into the east-side concrete barrier, Thompson said.

The semi then jackknifed back the other way, rode onto the top of the east-side barrier and came down onto the left front of the Mercury van, dragging the van under the trailer until the semi struck the west-side concrete barrier where it came to rest, Thompson said.

The accident resulted in 11 people being taken to Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport. No serious injuries were sustained from the accident, Thompson said.

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