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UPDATE: Driver found in river after truck went into water

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UPDATE: The Iowa State Patrol says they have recovered a missing man's body after his truck crashed into the Wapsipinicon River near Independence.

The Patrol says 58-year-old Michael Wallace died in the crash. Wallace was from Hillcrest, Illinois. 


UPDATE: A driver remains missing after going off the road and into a river.

A cargo truck was pulled from the Wapsipinicon River, just east of Independence on Highway 20, Friday afternoon.

However, the time of the crash is unclear.

Road crews discovered the accident around noon when they noticed a guardrail had been smashed near the river.

Tire tracks led away from the guardrail and into the river, where the cargo truck was found.

Highway 20 Westbound was closed for several hours as emergency responders and workers used two large crane tow-trucks and four strong cables to hoist the Milwaukee-based truck out of the water.

The front of the truck was badly damaged in the accident and part of the back door was missing.

It is unclear if the truck was carrying anything when it crashed.

With no sign of the driver, the Independence Fire & Rescue drug the bottom of the river and divers from Waterloo searched for signs of what may have happened.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's office is treating this as a missing-persons case.

Crews have pulled a cargo truck from the Wapsipinicon River near Independence. The driver is still missing. 


According to Iowa State Patrol crews are working to pull a cargo truck from a river east of Independence on Highway 20.

HWY 20 westbound, between Winthrop and Independence, is closed while crews recover a truck from the river. 

Iowa DOT drove past the bridge around noon and saw that a barrier was broken. They've been at the scene since noon today. 

Waterloo Dive Team, Buchanan County Sheriff and Iowa State Patrol are all on scene. 

They have not found the driver yet, just the truck.

The road is expected to open within the next hour.

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