Postal delivery driver ejected, flown for care

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron) Emergency crews had to redirect traffic near the intersection of 250th Street and 100th Avenue following a collision at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The crash injured a U.S. Postal Service Rural Carrier who was making deliveries southwest of Milford.

A car versus semitrailer accident at an uncontrolled intersection along the Dickinson and Osceola county line resulted in a Hartley man being flown for care at Avera McKennan Hospital.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 250th Street and 100th Avenue in southwest Dickinson County.

Don Hutzel, 52, of Hartley, was driving a 2001 Buick Century with a rural postal carrier marking on the door, traveling northbound on 100th Avenue. A 2013 Volvo tractor-trailer, driven by Kent Bloomer, 44, of Merrill, Wisconsin, was westbound on 250th Street when both met in the intersection of the two roads, ejecting Hutzel from the Buick which wound up coming to rest in the northwest ditch near a bean field.

Hutzel, who was on duty delivering for the U.S. Postal Service at the time of the accident, was transported by ambulance to the Lakes Regional Healthcare Center with incapacitating injuries and was later flown to Avera McKennan Hospital.

Bloomer was not injured in the collision.

The accident report indicated both drivers' view was obstructed by tall corn on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 for both vehicles.

Hutzel was cited for failure to yield to a vehicle on the right. His medical condition was not available at press time.

Assisting at the scene were Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Everly Rescue, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol and Bob's Auto Body of Milford.

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