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Two-Vehicle Crash in Brookings Leads to a Fire and Three in Hospital

Posted on Jul 21, 2012

A crash involving two cars in Brookings, South Dakota, on Sunday, June 17, 2012, resulted in three people being transported to a hospital in Brookings, with a driver then being transferred to a hospital in Sioux Falls.


According to Brookings Police Lieutenant Derrick Powers, the police received an emergency call at 8:46 a.m. on Sunday regarding a crash at the intersection of Sixth Street/U.S. Highway 14 and 34th Avenue.


The accident occurred when August Hewson, 18, of Buffalo, was driving his 1995 Chevy Caprice station wagon southbound on 34th Avenue and pulled out in front of a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the intersection. The Jeep, driven by Austin DeZeeuw, 22, of Elkton, was traveling southbound on 34th Avenue. There were two passengers in the Jeep, Patricia DeZeeuw, 54, and Rufus DeZeeuw, 55. The Jeep rolled and landed on its roof in a ditch while the Wagon caught fire in the roadway.


Lieutenant Powers indicated that when police arrived at the scene they witnessed bystanders trying to help get Hewson out of the burning car. Unfortunately, they were unable to remove Hewson, as he was in significant pain. Flames started to enter the passenger compartment and a police officer tried to use a fire extinguisher to stop the blaze, but when the extinguisher ran out the fire expanded. With the assistance of a bystander, the officer then pulled Hewson out and moved him to safety.


Patricia DeZeeuw and Rufus DeZeeuw, as well as Hewson, were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Hewson was then moved to a Sioux Falls hospital.


Hewson is facing charges of failing to yield to the right of way.

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