Three Transported To Regional Hospitals After Thursday Accident Near Sioux Center
Date posted - August 24, 2012
The driver’s name of the Ford Ranger is Art De Hoop, age 20, of Orange City, IA; the owner of the Ford Ranger is Thys De Hoop, of Sioux Center. Art De Hoop was transported by helicopter to Sanford Hospital. Thys De Hoop was not a driver involved in this accident as previously stated.
Original story — with corrections.
Sioux Center, Iowa — Three victims were transported to hospitals, and two of them were flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident on Thursday evening near Sioux Center.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly after 9 PM, 20-year-old Art De Hoop of Sioux Center was driving a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup eastbound on 420th Street, three miles southeast of Sioux Center. Twenty-eight-year-old Christian Whitaker of Sioux Falls was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Ibex Avenue. The vehicles collided in the intersection.
De Hoop, Whitaker and a passenger in Whitaker’s vehicle, 38-year-old Russell Wichers of Boyden were transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by Sioux Center Ambulance. De Hoop and Whitaker were later flown to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls by the Sanford Trauma One and Mercy Air Care helicopters. Wichers was transferred to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City by the Sioux Center Ambulance.
The De Hoop Ford, owned by Thys De Hoop, sustained approximately $9,500 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained approximately $10,000 in damages.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Ambulance, Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol.
The accident remains under investigation.
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