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Release: Immediate

UI Employee 'Serious', Another 'Fair' Following Van Accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One University of Iowa employee was listed in serious condition and another in fair condition at Cedar Rapids hospitals Wednesday afternoon following a Wednesday morning single-vehicle accident involving a UI carpool van. Eight other passengers in the van--all UI employees--were treated at Cedar Rapids hospitals and later released.

Rita Thayer, a secretary in the UI department of psychiatry, (no home address listed) was admitted to Mercy Hospital in serious condition.

Listed in fair condition at St. Luke's Hospital was Wendy Reibold of Hiawatha, who is a clerk in the department of pediatrics.

Eight UI employees also riding in the van were treated at Cedar Rapids hospitals and later released.

The two employees treated at Mercy Hospital are:

* Robyn Gebhard, 414 B Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids. Gebhard is a secretary in the UI department of computer science.

* Mary Huneke, 7015 Kiowa Trace NE, Cedar Rapids. Huneke is an visiting assistant professor of marketing in the UI College of Business Administration.

The six employees treated at St. Luke's are:

* Robert W. Schlitter, 3085 8th St., Marion. He is a clerk in medical records at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

* Kelly Jones, 4124 McNeil Road, Center Point. She is a UIHC social worker.

* Nancy Humbles, no address listed. Humbles is an advisor with the Undergraduate Office of Academic Advising at the College of Business Administration.

* Kristine Ann R. Davis, 2505 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. She is an advanced nurse practitioner with the UIHC Care Management Program.

* Leslee Cleveland, 1631 Park Towne Court NE, Cedar Rapids. She is a secretary in medical records at the University Hospital School.

* Suzanne Keizer, 4824 Montclair Drive NW, Cedar Rapids. Keizer is a dental assistant in the family dentistry department at the College of Dentistry.

Cedar Rapids Police said the accident occurred about 7:10 a.m. when the 1997 Ford van was traveling south on Interstate 380 about one mile south of Highway 30. At that time, the van left the roadway and went into the ditch, where it rolled over one or twice. None of the occupants of the van was ejected. Police said the driver and the other front seat passenger were both wearing seat belts, as required by law. All but one or two of the other passengers also had their seat belts on, police said.

The driver of the van, Robyn Gebhard, will probably be charged with failure to maintain control of the vehicle, said a spokesperson for the Cedar Rapids Police.