High winds are being blamed for an overturned semi on the Mile Long Bridge Tuesday morning, as storms moved through Marion County.

The driver of the semi, Jann Edmond Kuntz, 65, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, had to be extracted from the semi after it overturned on the Highway 14 bridge that carries traffic over Lake Red Rock. It’s locally known as the Mile Long Bridge.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Kuntz was driving a 2016 International semi with a trailer southbound on Highway T14 at approximately 6:23 a.m. Tuesday. A strong gust of winds and caused the semi to overturn on its side, with its left side coming to rest on the guardrail of the bridge.

The accident closed Highway 14 for several hours, before it re-opened around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Kuntz was transported to Knoxville Hospital & Clinics by ground ambulance with suspected minor injuries.

Around the county, damage was tallied to various buildings and multiple trees down.

One tornado was confirmed in southeastern Marion County. The National Weather Service said an EF-1 tornado bringing winds up to 110 mph touched down near Tracy and moved through the small town. The tornado was on the ground from about 6:21 a.m. to 6:23 a.m. Tuesday.

In Warren County, an EF-2 tornado was confirmed by National Weather Service surveyors Tuesday. The track began north of Liberty Center and ended northwest of Lacona.

In that tornado, peak winds were estimated at 135 mph and the track took the twister 5.42 miles before it lifted off the ground.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com.

Kyle Ocker has been the editor of the Knoxville Journal Express since November 2016. He formerly held the titles of sports editor and associate editor at the Centerville Daily Iowegian, a sister paper to the Journal Express.

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