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Driver Killed after Ramming into DOT vehicle

AVOCA, Iowa (KCCI-TV) Two Iowa Department of Transportation motor vehicle enforcement officers were hurt in a crash north of Avoca Wednesday after a driver rammed the back of their vehicle.

Harlan police said they received a call at 12:14 p.m. about a possible intoxicated driver. A Harlan officer located the vehicle on Highway 59.

The driver refused to pull over and was followed for about 9 miles. Other law enforcement units were called in to assist.

Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright said the DOT officers were hurt when a man being chased crashed his vehicle into the officers' vehicle from behind about 12:30 p.m. The driver died in the crash, Bright said.

The two officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

All lanes of Highway 59 between Interstate 80 and Highway 83 were closed as a result of the crash.

The driver was later identified as Bruce Coehen, 52, of Harlan.

Those injured were identified as Kent Leibe, 58, of Carter Lake, and Brian Rink, 40, of Griswold.

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