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Two Dead After Collision with Farm Vehicle

Tina Robinson3 years ago

The Iowa City Press-Citizen is reporting a deadly crash between a car and a farm vehicle outside of Van Horne, IA on Friday that left two people dead.

Details of the Farm Vehicle Accident

Iowa State Patrol reports say the accident happened at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday night on 70th Street just outside of Van Horne. A Volkswagon Jetta unexpectedly crossed the center line and collided head-on with a boom sprayer.

Paul Hofmeyer, 42 and Dr. Stacy Thompson, 44 were killed in the crash. The driver of the boom sprayer, Jeffrey Selk, was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the accident.

Iowa State Patrol are investigating the cause of the accident.

Farm Vehicle Hazards and Safety Tips

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates almost half of agricultural worker deaths are caused by vehicular accidents. Between 2003 and 2011, 1,533 people were killed in accidents involving farm tractors. OSHA says tractor rollovers are the “single deadliest type of injury incident on farms.”

OSHA also provides the following farm vehicle operation safety tips.

  • All farm equipment traveling on any roadway should be equipped with a Slow Moving Vehicle emblem.
  • Vehicles should be turned off for refueling.
  • Passengers should not ride in the vehicle.
  • Operators should never tow anything that is not properly hitched.
  • Vehicles should be parked with the motor shut off, brakes properly engaged, the transmission is in park-lock, the keys are removed and attachments are disengaged. 


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