Motorcyclist killed in collision with van near Springville

Police say incident took place Saturday afternoon

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

SPRINGVILLE — A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a minivan Saturday afternoon near Springville.

According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, emergency workers responded at 2:28 p.m. to the intersection of Highway 151 and Alderman Road, just east of Springville, on a report that a van and a motorcycle had collided. According to the sheriff’s office, the van’s driver, James Vratney, 56, of Anamosa, was northbound on Alderman Road and while crossing Highway 151, collided with a southbound motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was killed in the collision. Vratney was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured, officials said. The motorcyclist was the only rider on the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet.

The crash remains under investigation. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Marion Police Department, Springville Fire Department and Anamosa Ambulance.

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