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2 injured in Prairie City crash

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 11:03 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 11:14 a.m. CDT
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(Mike Mendenhall/Daily News)
The driver of a small tractor is airlifted to Des Moines Thursday afternoon after a truck rear-ended the farm equipment 2.5 miles west of Prairie City on Highway 163.

PRAIRIE CITY — Two people were seriously injured around 3:10 p.m. Thursday after a pickup truck collided with the rear end of a tractor while traveling westbound near Prairie City on Highway 163.

Asst. Prairie City Fire Chief Tony Mosher said on scene the passenger in the truck’s backseat and driver of the tractor both sustained injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. The driver of the tractor was taken to Des Moines by a medical helicopter, and the truck passenger was transported by Monroe ambulance. The truck’s driver was unharmed. The tractor lost a wheel and flipped onto the highway’s north shoulder as a result of the collision.

Westbound traffic on Highway 163 was blocked near the entrance of Prairie Ag Supply while the helicopter was on scene, and the road was kept to one lane until 6 p.m. The accident is still under investigation this morning. The names of the victims were not available by press time. A representative from the Iowa State Patrol said the names would be released sometime on Friday.

Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies, Iowa State Patrol, Monroe ambulance, Prairie City Fire and Altoona Fire Department responded to incident.

Contact Staff Writer Mike Mendenhall at mmendenhall@newtondailynews.com.

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