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2 killed after agricultural sprayer strikes car head-on

According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, two people were killed when their car was struck head-on by an agricultural sprayer on April 11. The auto accident took place in southwest Benton County at about 7 p.m.

Authorities say that the two victims, both Iowa City residents, were the 42-year-old male driver and 44-year-old female passenger of a car heading westbound on 70th Street. They died when the agricultural sprayer strayed across the road and into the path of oncoming traffic in the vicinity of 20th Avenue near Van Horne. The man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency response teams.

The driver of the sprayer, a 42-year-old Keystone man, was transported by ambulance to a Cedar Rapids' hospital. His injuries were described as non-life-threatening. Troopers said that the reason the large agricultural vehicle crossed into the westbound lane of 70th Street remained unclear and that their investigation of the crash was ongoing.

A vehicle suddenly crossing into oncoming traffic is a terrifying prospect for motorists. This type of collision usually occurs at high speed, and it gives little time for drivers to react or take evasive action. While the cause of this accident may remain unclear, head-on collisions are often the result of a distracted, intoxicated or reckless driver. If they survive the impact, victims of this type of accident often suffer catastrophic injuries requiring prolonged and costly medical treatment. A personal injury attorney may bring a legal action on their behalf when negligence is a factor. This kind of lawsuit may seek compensation for a victim's medical expenses and lost income as well as their pain and suffering.

Source: WCFCourier, "UPDATE: Victims identified in car-sprayer fatality", April 13, 2014

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