The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues their investigation this morning into a vehicle crash that occurred shortly before 6:00 AM Tuesday morning, 1/4 of a mile West of Kranzburg on Highway 212.
According to DPS Spokesman, Tony Mangan, a 66-year-old man was driving a 1995 John Deere Tractor pulling a tandem axle feed wagon westbound on Highway 212 when it approached the intersection of 464th Avenue. The tractor which had working flashing lights, turn signals, tail-lights and brake lights, began to turn left onto the avenue. A minivan, driven by a 59-year-old man, rear ended the tractor and the trailer. The tractor parked on 464th Ave while the minivan was disabled in the westbound Lane on Hwy 212.
The driver of the tractor began rendering aid to the minivan driver. The driver of a Ford pickup parked his vehicle facing east in the westbound lane so his lights could shine on the minivan.
A 2007 Jeep commander driven by a 59-year-old man did not see the van in the roadway and collided with the van, which then struck the pickup. The driver of the Jeep received minor injuries and was treated on scene.
The 59-year-old minivan driver was transported to Prairie Lakes Healthcare by paramedics with serious injuries and then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. The name of the driver’s has not been released.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol in the lead agency in this investigation.