Public Safety

Fairfax man sustains 'life-threatening injuries' after two-vehicle accident on Williams Boulevard

A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)
A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)

A 30-year-old Fairfax man was seriously hurt Thursday morning after he rear ended a semi-trailer truck while he had been heading north on Williams Boulevard.

According to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called just before 8 a.m. Thursday for a two-vehicle accident with injuries at the 6900 block of Williams Boulevard. In addition to Linn County deputies, the Marion Police Department, Fairfax Fire Department, Iowa Department of Transportation, AirCare Air Ambulance and Area Ambulance Service all responded to the scene, according to the release.

When officers arrived on scene, they determined that a vehicle, driven by Aaron Sturtz, 30, of Fairfax, had been traveling north on Williams Boulevard when he collided with the back of a semi-truck and trailer that was stopped in the northbound lane, according to the release. The semi was being driven by Larry Schantz, 30, of Middle Amana. There were no other passengers in either vehicle, according to the release.

While Schantz was uninjured, Sturtz received “life-threatening injuries” and was transported by AirCare Air Ambulance to University of Iowa Hospitals for treatment, according to the release. Officials say Schantz was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, while Sturtz had not been wearing his seat belt.

The accident remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion Police Department.

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