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Ambulance Driver Injured In Crash During Patient Transfer

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — A northwest Iowa EMT was slightly injured late Thursday morning when the ambulance she was driving crashed southeast of Sioux Falls.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the incident occurred when an ambulance from Lakes Regional Health Center in Spirit Lake was transferring a patient to a Sioux Falls hospital. According to authorities, the ambulance was westbound about 5 miles southeast of Sioux Falls when it veered off the road and traveled through multiple back yards before hitting an electrical box and vaulting off the roadway. Authorities say the ambulance came to rest in the north ditch.

South Dakota authorities are not releasing any names at this point, but they say the 48-year old female driver of the ambulance was transported to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls with minor injuries. Troopers say the other EMT, along with the patient they were transporting, escaped injury in the crash.

No estimate of damage to the ambulance was immediately available.

The accident remains under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

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