Three injured in Monday collision

Three injured in Monday collision An occupant of a Pontiac Grand Am involved in a two-car collision at the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 19 could only sit at the edge of the road and watch in horror as emergency medical technicians treated Jessica Irwin at the accident scene. Irwin, who was seated in the back of the Pontiac, was ejected from the vehicle when it collided with an automobile driven by Kevin Voeltz of Yankton. by David Lias Three women escaped serious injury in a Monday afternoon traffic accident at the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 50 near Vermillion�s Polaris distribution facility.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday when a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Amy Burrell, Elk Point, collided with a 1990 Chrysler driven by Kevin Voeltz, Yankton.

Clay County Deputy Sheriff Scott Bauer said Burrell, who was eastbound on Highway 50, turned north at the intersection and had intended to travel north on Highway 19.

She apparently didn't see the Chrysler, which was traveling west in the north lane of Highway 50, and turned directly into its path.

Bauer said that, according to witness accounts and conversations with the people involved in the accident, Burrell may have not seen the Chrysler because a westbound vehicle had slowed or stopped in the south lane of Highway 50 as it prepared to turn south at the intersection.

The Pontiac was struck with such force that Jessica Irwin, Elk Point, who was sitting in the back seat of the car, was ejected from the vehicle.

After it was struck, the Pontiac skidded and spun on the highway. Before coming to a stop, it caused slight damage to a southbound van on Highway 19 that had stopped at the intersection.

Emergency medical technicians of the Clay County Ambulance who responded to the accident scene first treated Irwin as she laid on the pavement of Highway 19.

She was placed into a local ambulance while emergency personnel called for an air ambulance from Marian Health Care Center, Sioux City, IA.

A Marian Air Care helicopter landed on Stanford Street west of the Polaris parking lot. After Irwin was stabilized in the Clay County ambulance, EMTs from Marian placed her in the helicopter and transported her to the Sioux City hospital.

Burrell and Jennifer Balleweg, Vermillion, who was a front seat passenger in the Pontiac, were taken by Clay County ambulance crews to the Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.

Voeltz was slightly injured, Bauer said. He complained only of being a bit sore after coming in quick contact with his car's air bag, which may have protected him from more serious injury. He didn't require hospitalization.

Bauer didn't have specific information on the condition of the three occupants of the Pontiac.

But remarkably, all three women, even Irwin who was thrown from the vehicle, weren�t seriously hurt.

"All three are doing fairly well," Bauer said. "I don't believe there were any serious injuries involved."

He said Tuesday that the Clay County Sheriff�s Department is continuing its investigation of the accident.

Bauer said alcohol or excessive speed were not factors in the accident.

As of Tuesday, no citations had yet been issued, but Bauer wasn't ruling out the possibility of writing citations for traffic violations in the future.

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