Our Past

1974: Good Samaritan loses leg on U.S. 61

Compiled by Erin M. Gentz
Posted 5/1/24

May 1, 1974: A 21-year-old Bettendorf man was seriously injured after he stopped to help another driver change a flat tire along Highway 61 near Interstate 80. A southbound vehicle veered off the roadway, pinning the man between it and the disabled vehicle. The man was taken to Mercy Hospital, where one of his legs had to be amputated.

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