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Fort Dodge Man Taken To Hospital Morning After Crash

Sanborn, Iowa– A Fort Dodge man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Sanborn on Sunday.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018, 42-year-old Tyler Darby of Fort Dodge was driving a 2007 Pontiac southbound on Redwood Avenue, on the south edge of Sanborn just south of 330th Street.

The report says that Darby stated he went into the ditch on Sunday night, about 10:30 p.m. He told the officer that he overcorrected and entered the east ditch on the passenger side, still heading south. He says that’s when the vehicle rolled and entered the adjacent corn field.

Darby says he then attempted to exit the corn field by driving straight ahead, causing significant damage to the corn field. Darby then attempted to back out of the corn field and entered the east ditch of Redwood Avenue again.

The deputy says Darby backed up about a quarter of a mile in the ditch with a few attempts of trying to get on the roadway. After failed attempts, he says Darby fell asleep in the car until he was picked up about 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning by another motorist who brought him to Sanford Sheldon Hospital. The officer’s report says Darby stated he didn’t know who to call with his cell phone and didn’t think it justified a call to 911.

Darby’s Pontiac sustained $5000 in damages, which the deputy says was enough to total the car.

Darby was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to use a seat belt.

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