Crash near Early fatal to two

EARLY – Two men were killed and a third injured after the minivan they were in rolled over Friday morning.

The three men, whose names have not been released pending notification of family, are all related, according to Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure.

The accident happened on U.S. Highway 20 about half a mile west of Jackson Avenue, which is just west of Early, at 4:50 a.m., McClure said.

The minivan was heading west when the driver lost control. McClure said the vehicle went into the median, where the van rolled.

Both the driver, who was killed, and the front seat passenger, who was injured, were wearing seatbelts. The other man who died, a passenger in the back seat, was not wearing his seatbelt. McClure said that man was ejected from the minivan.

The injured man was taken to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, then transferred to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. He was suffering from “critical injuries,” according to McClure, who said the seatbelt saved the man’s life.

“It does not appear as if slick roads or adverse weather was a factor in this accident,” McClure said.

The Sac County sheriff’s office is investigating the accident. Ambulances from Sac City and Schaller, as well as fire departments from Early and Schaller, responded to the scene. The Storm Lake Police Department also assisted.