Five injured in series of crashes in Union County

Five people were injured in a series of crashes on Interstate 29 between mile markers 3 and 5 near North Sioux City on Friday afternoon.

The incident began with a report to authorities of a vehicle being driven erratically northbound on I-29 near Jefferson. The area is under construction, and traffic is routed head-to-head in the northbound lanes.

The vehicle, a 1998 Toyota Landcruiser driven by Jeffry Charles Vore, 61, of Dakota Dunes, changed directions at Elk Point and began traveling south. The vehicle struck the rear of a 2004 Chrysler Sebring near mile marker 5, entered the median, drove out and struck the Chrysler again, forcing that vehicle into the ditch.

Ronald Steven Huftless, 71, of Omaha, NE, was driving the Chrysler. He suffered serious non-life threatening injuries in the crash. A passenger, Lois Eileen Huftless, 68, also of Omaha, suffered minor injuries.

Vore�s vehicle continued south, and when it came to the end of the construction zone, it continued south in the northbound lanes. Vore�s vehicle struck a 2011 Toyota Sedan driven by Karen Ida Breiholz, 68, Ft. Dodge, IA. Breiholz suffered minor injuries.

Finally, Vore�s vehicle struck a 2009 Kia Spectra driven by Kelly JoAnn Sangster, 41, Yankton. Sangster suffered minor injuries. After striking the Kia, Vore�s vehicle was disabled. Vore, who suffered minor injuries, and the four crash victims were taken to Sioux City hospitals. All have been treated and released.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate. No further information is immediately available. The Union County Sheriff, Jefferson Police Department, North Sioux City Police Department and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation assisted.

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