Marion County was struck by tragedy over the weekend after a tractor accident left one man dead.

At 2:15 pm Saturday in Otley, Iowa, 72-year-old Harold Gorter was hit while driving his tractor down Highway 163. Gorter was driving his 1974 Ford 7000 tractor and was struck by 41-year-old Chad Birkenholtz in his Honda Accord.

According to the Iowa State Patrol’s crash report, both vehicles were traveling westbound- both in the right lane.

Birkenholtz ran into the back of the tractor which caused Gorter to be launched from the tractor. Gorter was pronounced dead at the scene.

The patrol document says that the accident is still under investigation.

This wasn’t the only crash from the weekend.

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Tractor Trailer Crash Results in Fire

On Friday, a tractor-trailer shut down Interstate 80 near Grinnell after bursting into flames after hitting a guard rail.

Two people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash; an article in KCCI says there were no reported injuries.

The article goes on to say that cars were unable to move for more than five hours as a result of the crash.

Cleanup of the crash was unable to start until the flames were extinguished.

Workers bladed the roads and add sand to the spilled diesel. The cleanup from the crash was not finished until around 2 am.

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