High Winds Blamed For Trucker’s Death During Iowa Storms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a trucker has been killed by one of the thunderstorms that raced across Iowa, leaving power outages and damaged buildings in their wake.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office says 70-year-old truck driver James Budlong, of Dike, was killed Wednesday when high winds turned his tractor on a side, pinning him. The office also says a farmer was hurt when a building fell on him.

Tripoli Police Chief Daniel Banks says a tree fell on a van full of children, but nobody was hurt.

The National Weather Service office in Davenport says it’s deploying survey teams to verify reports of short-lived tornadoes in the area. Another tornado was reported in northwest Iowa’s Sioux County.

MidAmerican Energy said Thursday morning that nearly 3,700 of its Iowa customers remained without power.

Related Post