The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:40 AM, 19-year-old Lucas Abler of Granville was driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme southbound on Log Avenue, two miles south of Hospers. He lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch where it overturned.
The report says Abler was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Hospers Ambulance and later airlifted to Sioux Falls, SD for what the report calls “incapacitating injuries”.
Abler’s vehicle sustained $4,000 damage and is considered a total loss.
Abler was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to wear a seatbelt.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Hospers Ambulance and Fire Departments.
Sheriff’s officials say alcohol is considered to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.