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Thursday, March 4, 2010

IA Tow Truck Driver Dies After Crash With Dump Truck

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of 22-year-old David Bellows who died on March 3 after crashing his tow truck into a dump truck. Here's the story from

CEDAR RAPIDS - One man was killed this afternoon after he drove his tow truck into a dump truck on Highway 30.

At around 2:45 p.m., Linn County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of a two vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of Highway 30, just a half mile west of the Cedar River.

They and police from Mount Vernon and Marion shut down traffic as an Air Care helicopter landed on the highway.

The driver of the dump truck was Jason Recker, 30, of Manchester. He was not injured. Deputies pronounced David Bellows, 22, of Parkersburg, dead at the scene.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said that there were no passengers in either the dump truck or the tow truck, and that the driver of the dump truck was not injured in the accident.

Gardner could not say what caused the accident nor could he release any details about the drivers of the vehicles or where they were coming from.

Authorities are incrementally opening up traffic, which was back up at least two miles.

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating the incident.

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