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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 4:49 pm

INDEPENDENCE – On Monday, July 01, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 reports of a motor vehicle accident in the 2800 blockk Jamestown Avenue (IA Hwy 150) south of Independence. A John Deere 4440 tractor operated by Albert Bearbower of Rowley was northbound on Jamestown Avenue pulling a 1993 Ford Taurus that he owned. Bearbower attempted to turn west into a scrap/salvage business, turning in front of a southbound 2010 Freightliner tanker truck operated by Larry Kluiter of Parkersburg. The Freightliner tanker struck both Bearbower’s tractor and the car being towed. Bearbower was ejected from the tractor during the collision. The Freightliner tanker came to rest in a creek bed just off the roadway. Nobody was in the car being towed. Bearbower was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City with severe life threatening injuries. Kluiter was uninjured in the accident. The accident closed Hwy 150 for a period of about 25 minutes while debris was cleaned and AirCare was on scene. The accident remains under investigation. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Independence Fire Department, Rowley Fire Department, Area Ambulance Service and AirCare.

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