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Spencer Man Dies In Iowa Falls Area Accident

Iowa Falls, Iowa — A Spencer man has died and an Elkader teen was airlifted to a hospital after an accident near Iowa Falls on Friday, September 24, 2021.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 10:30 a.m., 61-year-old Bryan Harken of Spencer was driving a 2016 Ford Explorer eastbound on Highway 20 near mile marker 169, which is about four miles south of Iowa Falls, or about 15 and a half miles east of the I-35 junction. They say 18-year-old Alexzander Purman of Elkader was westbound on 20 in a 2011 Chevy Avalanche pickup.

The report says that Purman entered the median and then continued to the westbound lanes and struck the Harken Ford head-on.

Harken was pronounced dead on the scene. The University of Iowa AirCare took Purman to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

The state patrol says the accident remains under investigation.

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