Two From George Injured In Accident On Friday, One Airlifted

Date posted - August 12, 2013

Sanford helicopter new in 2012George, Iowa — Two people from George were injured in an accident on Friday near George, and one of them was airlifted to a Sioux Falls Hospital.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 1:20 Friday afternoon, 20-year-old Anthony Thomas of George was driving a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup southbound on Larch Avenue, about three miles northeast of George. The report says Thomas failed to obey the stop sign and pulled into the path of a 2006 Peterbuilt semi driven by 75-year-old Verdell Groen of George.

Groen was unable to stop in time and struck Thomas’s vehicle on the passenger side. Thomas’s vehicle got spun around and ended up in the east ditch on Larch Avenue. The semi ended up in a cornfield just past the intersection.

Both people in the pickup were transported to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids. Nineteen-year-old Carol Thomas was then airlifted to Sanford Sioux Falls. Their injuries are non life-threatening. Groen was taken by personal vehicle to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley to be checked out.

Damage to the pickup was $10,000 and damage to the semi, owned by the George Coop, was $4000.

The accident is being investigated by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the George Fire Department, George Rescue, the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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