Pickup Truck Hits Building Near Independence

A pickup truck hit a building west of Independence last week.

It happened last Tuesday in the 1600 block of 220th Street. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says Christopher Burckhart of Jesup was traveling westbound when he suffered what authorities suspect was a medical episode and lost control of his truck. It went through the north ditch, through a residential yard and a grove of trees before colliding with a building.

Burckhart was transported to Buchanan County Health Center in Independence with minor injuries and for evaluation. A passenger in the vehicle was not hurt.

Authorities estimated there was around $35,000 damage to the building.

Burckhart was later issued citations for Failure to Have a Valid Driver License and Failure to Have Insurance.

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