Rollover crash injures three

LEHIGH – A minivan rollover near Lehigh sent three teenagers to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Driver Cierra Davey and passenger Brittney Davey, both of Ames, and Taylor Palmer, of Fonda, received non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center, according to Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris O’Brien.

The accident happened at the intersection of County Road D43 and Oak Avenue west of Lehigh. O’Brien said the Oldsmobile Silhouette was traveling east toward Lehigh, and all three were tired.

“The driver falls asleep and drifted off the road. Of course when she hits the gravel, she panics and overreacts, oversteers and causes the van to spin around and then slide down into the ditch, and go onto its top,” O’Brien said.

The van ended up on the north side of the road facing west.

“They were very fortunate they were all wearing seatbelts, otherwise the outcome could have been much worse,” he said. “Especially in a rollover accident if they’re not belted in, when the glass breaks or the door comes open people get ejected.”

The Duncombe/Otho Police Department, Dayton Rescue, Trinity Ambulance, Lehigh Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources also responded to the scene.