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UPDATE: 22-month-old dies in semi accident

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UPDATE: A 22-month-old is dead after an accident involving a semi-truck.

Around 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of an accident with injuries at a residence located in the 1100 block Fairbank-Amish Blvd, east of Fairbank. The accident was reported to have involved a tanker truck and young child.

According to the investigation, a 2009 Peterbuilt truck owned by Stewart Dell Inc. and operated by Eric Gilliam, 38, of Cedar Rapids, was at the residence and was preparing to leave.  As Gilliam began to move forward, Samuel Helmuth, 22-months-old, who lived at the residence, ran in front of the truck and was struck by the driver-side front tire.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says Gilliam was unable to see the child due to a blind sop caused by the nose of the truck.

The incident occurred in the driveway/yard of the residence.

The 22-month-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, the incident appears to be completely accidental and no charges are pending.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Fairbank Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, along with the Buchanan County Medical Examiner.

Updated by: Lauren Moss


A child is dead, after an accident involving a semi-truck east of Fairbank.

Buchanan County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 1100 block of Fairbank-Amish Boulevard at 9:50 Saturday morning.

Authorities say when they arrived, the child was already dead.

At this time the accident remains under investigation, and no names are being released until families are notified.

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