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Charles City man loses life in motorcycle versus semi accident

Helicopter-LogoFLOYD, IOWA – A Charles City man lost his life Sunday night when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle was struck by a semi.

The incident took place at Highway 218 and Quarry Road at about 5:18 PM. Thomas Houdek, age 23 of Charles City, was driving his 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Quarry Road onto Highway 218, attempting to enter the northbound lanes. He pulled out from the stop sign in front of a 2001 Peterbuilt semi truck driven by 44-year-old Joshua Brood of Plainfield. The motorcycle and semi collided as Brood braked in an attempt to avoid the collision, causing the semi roll. Brood was ejected from the semi.

As a result of the accident, Houdek was pronounced dead at the scene. Brood was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Mason City by Mercy Air Life helicopter.

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