Accident Near Hayes Monday Leaves Four Injured

Hayes Sign (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Three people have been transported to a Sioux Falls hospital following a one vehicle accident that occurred at Hayes yesterday afternoon.  The accident was reported about 4: 45 p.m. Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 14 near Hayes.  A Selby man, 78-year-old Keith Robert Lemburg, was driving a silver Chevrolet Impala eastbound when the vehicle drifted across the center line, into the opposite lane, off the road and into the ditch.  There, it collided with a concrete pillar for an old highway bridge.  The bridge is located on the north side of the highway-on the east edge of Hayes-near the current highway bridge.  Officials say the force of the car hitting the pillar caused the large bridge post to move about six inches.  Lemburg received serious but not life threatening injuries in the accident.  He and the three passengers in the car were all wearing seat belts.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the passengers are also from Selby and have been identified as:

78-year-old Anita Mindt who received life threatening injuries

78-year-old Marjorie Lemburg who received life threatening injuries

74-year-old Viola Lemburg, who was treated for serious but not life threatening injuries

Sergeant Jon Stahl of the Highway Patrol says one of the passengers was out of the vehicle when responders arrived, but the other three vehicle occupants had to be assisted from the accident scene.  He says it was a challenge to get the accident victims to safety-as the vehicle was partially submerged and crews were up to their knees in water.  He says the site also was muddy and victims had to be carried up a steep embankment.  All four motorists were transported to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre.  Mindt, along with Marjorie and Viola Lemburg were later life flighted to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls.

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