The Custer County Sheriff’s Office reported two accidents last week that sent a couple of individuals to the hospital with minor injuries.
According to the accident report, on Monday, May 31 at approximately 2:25 PM Roger Fecht of Berwyn was traveling east in a 1987 International Truck on Highway 2 preparing to make a left turn onto Road 450 approximately 2.5 miles west of Ansley. At the same time, Kenneth Simonson of Broken Bow, was eastbound in a 2003 Toyota Avalon on Highway 2 attempting to pass the truck when he crashed into the left-rear side of the vehicle.
According to the report, Simonson stated to deputies that he saw the truck was traveling slowly and attempted to pass it when he noticed it was beginning to turn. The report states that he was able to slow the Avalon down to approximately 35 MPH before the vehicles collided. The left blinker of the truck was activated when deputies arrived.
While Fecht was not injured in the truck and the passenger in the Avalon was not injured, Simonson was transported by Broken Bow EMS to Melham Medical Center with a suspected minor injury to his head.
The truck sustained damage estimated at $250 while the Avalon was totaled. Simonson was the only individual who was using a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Airbags were not deployed in the vehicles. No citations were issued.
The second crash took place a few days later on Wednesday, June 2 just after 5 PM. According to the incident report from CCSO, Allen Carlson of Lennox, SD, was westbound on Highway 2 in a 2014 Freightliner pulling a flatbed trailer. The vehicle crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the left, down the ditch, hit a field entrance embankment, traveled over the field entrance, and down into the creek. The impact caused the tractors Carlson was hauling to break loose and crash into the back of the cab of the semi.
Carlson was transported to Melham Medical Center by Ansley/ Mason City Rescue with suspected minor injuries. The vehicle was towed out of the creek by Trumbull Repair and Kearney Towing.
The semi and tractors were a total loss.