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Three Taken To Hospitals After Middleburg Crash

ambulance rear_OMiddleburg, Iowa — Three people were taken to hospitals, and one of them was later transported to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident on Tuesday, April 18.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 6:40 a.m., 29-year-old Nicole Plendl of Orange City was driving a 2013 Ford F‐150 pickup westbound on 370th Street, about five miles northeast of Sioux Center, near Middleburg. They report that 25-year-old Marleni Hernandez‐Tomas of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan eastbound on 370th Street.

The report says Hernandez-Tomas lost control of her vehicle, which entered the westbound lane and struck the Plendl pickup. After the accident, Hernandez‐Tomas’ minivan entered the north ditch where it rolled.

According to the accident report, Hernandez‐Tomas became trapped in her vehicle and required extrication by fire and rescue personnel. The Sioux Center Ambulance took her to the Sioux Center Health Hospital. The report says she was later transported to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Sioux Center Ambulance Squad also took Plendl and a one-year-old passenger to Sioux Center Health.

The Plendl pickup sustained about $15,000 in damage. The Hernandez-Tomas Honda sustained about $10,000 in damage, both according to the report.

Authorities cited Hernandez‐Tomas on charges of failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Rescue Squad and Sioux Center Ambulance Squad, as well as the Sioux Center Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol assisted them with the response to the accident.

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