Damage State Patrol car hit while trooper provided traffic control at fatal accident.

The driver of a car was killed after a crashing into a piece of farm machinery this morning in Jasper County.

The crash happened around 8 a.m. on Highway 163 near Monroe. The Iowa State Patrol reports a car caught fire after running into the back of a piece of farm equipment being pulled by a tractor. Troopers believe sunlight in the driver’s eyes may have been a factor in the crash.

The name of the person killed in the crash has not been released.

The Iowa State Patrol says a trooper’s car was struck as he provided traffic control during the accident. The trooper was not in the car at the time and the State Patrol says it was a case of distracted driving.

(Photo courtesy of Iowa State Patrol Facebook page)