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Semi-truck accident kills 1 in Johnson County

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 12:18 pm    

Three semi-trucks were involved in a collision on Saturday in Johnson County that claimed the life of one of the drivers.

On the eastbound side of Interstate 80, police had stopped traffic in order to handle a car fire that had sparked on the roadway. A 37-year-old driver of a semi-truck was unable to completely stop when he approached the traffic, and therefore crashed into the semi-truck in front of him. The driver of the struck vehicle lunged forward, and unfortunately struck another semi-truck from behind. 

The 37-year-old driver that initially caused the accident was severely injured, and transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals. He was pronounced dead shortly after the truck accident took place. At the time of the accident, the driver was wearing his seatbelt. 

Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends during this tragic time. 

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