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Rollover Accident on Interstate 90 Injures Sioux Falls Workers

Jeff Cole
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Partner at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

A recent article from the Argus Leader reports on a serious rollover accident on Interstate 90, near Worthington, Minnesota, that sent 15 Sioux Falls workers to the hospital. The accident took place around 1:40 a.m. on October 24, and responders to the scene say that it was clear that some passengers were seriously injured with obvious lacerations, broken bones, and other injuries.  

In the accident, 15 workers from the JBS meat-packing plant were being transported back home to Sioux Falls from the company’s Worthington, Minnesota facility in a 2003 Chevy Express passenger van being driven by Arbab-Azzein Altayeb. It has been reported that 29-year-old Altayeb hit a patch of ice on I-90, not far from Worthington, causing him to lose control of the van, which rolled over before it came to a rest. 

The State Patrol stated that 13 of the passengers were ejected from the van in the I-90 accident, including one man who was found 40 feet from the vehicle. All 15 passengers were seen at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, and nine were released after treatment. One person remained hospitalized at the facility, and five others were transported to Sioux Falls for treatment of more serious injuries. The State Patrol released the names of four of the passengers who were seriously injured:

  • Mekh Bhandari, age 28
  • Agra Dalli, age 52
  • Reh Klaw, age 22
  • Alaaldeen Mussa, age 32

Two of the hospitalized passengers remain in critical condition, as of the last update.

The Sioux Falls accident attorneys with Zimmer, Duncan, and Cole, LLP, understand how serious these types of accidents can be, and we hope that all of the JBS employees who were injured in this accident are able to experience a fast and full recovery from their injuries.

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