Sheriff's Department phot of accident scene in Fayette County.

Sheriff's Department photo of accident scene in Fayette County.

A man was killed and his wife critically injured when their motorcycle collided with a piece of farm machinery in northeast Iowa’s Fayette County. The crash was reported at 5 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 56 three miles southeast of West Union.

Authorities say 52-year-old Martin Johnson of West Union was driving a motorcycle and attempted to pass a pickup pulling a grain vac. The motorcycle hit the grain vac and Johnson and his wife were both thrown off the bike. They were taken to a hospital in West Union before being airlifted to a hospital in Waterloo.

Martin Johnson died at the hospital last night. His wife, 44-year-old Dawn Johnson, is reported in critical condition. They were not wearing helmets. The driver of the pickup, 29-year-old Andrew Meyer of West Union, was not injured.