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Hwy. 14 accident near Elkton sends 3 drivers to hospital

Posted: Monday, Aug 3rd, 2009

Three drivers were injured Monday in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 14 near Elkton.

South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Weibrecht said officials were called to the scene at about 10 a.m., shortly after a car rear-ended a pickup, pushing it into oncoming traffic on the highway.

Weibrecht said 23-year-old Kyle Kramer of Brookings was southbound on Highway 14 near its intersection with 486th Avenue.

Kramer was stopped on the highway waiting to make a left turn when another southbound vehicle hit his Ford pickup from behind. Scott Stuefen, 43, of Elkton, told authorities that he didn't see Kramer's truck waiting to turn when he hit it with his Toyota Corolla.

Weibrecht said the wheels of Kramer's truck were angled as he was waiting to make the turn, so the collision with the Corolla pushed his vehicle into the lane of oncoming traffic. His pickup crashed into a northbound Buick minivan, driven by 57-year-old Kurtis Bernot of Sioux Falls.

All three drivers, alone in their vehicles at the time of the crash, were transported by ambulance to the Brookings hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries is not known.

All three vehicles suffered extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

Weibrecht said Stuefen was cited for careless driving, and Kramer was also ticketed for no seat belt.

Assisting the Highway Patrol at the scene of the accident were the Elkton Fire Department, Brookings Ambulance and the Brookings County Sheriff's Department.

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