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Iowa State Patrol: Motorcyclist killed in I-80 crash while attempting to elude law enforcement

Troopers say Aaron Bjork, 21, was eluding authorities when he rear-ended a truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Credit: WOI

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A motorcyclist is dead after he rear-ended a truck while attempting to elude authorities Saturday night.

Sgt. Alex Dinkla with the Iowa State Patrol said the incident began around 8:15 p.m. Saturday on the eastbound side of Interstate 80.

21-year-old Aaron Bjork of Des Moines was traveling over 100 mph when a trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

Bjork turned around at the Mitchellville exit and began heading westbound on I-80, according to Dinkla. Law enforcement had lost sight of him.

Minutes later, troopers responded to the crash near mile marker 145 between Mitchellville and Altoona.

The preliminary crash report says Bjork rear-ended a truck, which then struck another vehicle.

Bjork was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the other vehicles were not seriously injured. 

Mitchellville EMS and Altoona Fire and Rescue assisted troopers at the scene of the crash.

The incident is still under investigation.

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