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Spencer Teen Airlifted After Accident Near Hartley On Tuesday

Sanford helicopter new in 2012Hartley, Iowa — Two northwest Iowans were injured in a head-on crash near Hartley on Tuesday.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:25 PM on Tuesday evening, 16-year-old Calvin Mingus of Spencer was eastbound on Highway 18, about three miles east of Hartley. According the the trooper’s report, Mingus crossed the center line and struck a westbound minivan driven by 60-year-old Glen Mouw of Sioux Center. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.

Mingus was extricated from his car by Hartley rescue and transported to the Spencer Hospital by Spencer Ambulance; he was later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital by air ambulance. Mouw was transported to Sanford Sheldon Hospital by Hartley Ambulance.

The collision is under investigation, but the report indicates preliminary evidence suggests that Mingus may have fallen asleep while driving.

The trooper who covered the crash reports that both drivers were saved from death or serious injuries by seat belt usage and air bags.

Both vehicles were totaled.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department and Hartley Police and Fire Departments assisted the Iowa State Patrol at the scene.

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