Union County, South Dakota west of Hawarden, Iowa– Three people were taken to a hospital and one of them was transferred to a Sioux City hospital after an accident west of Hawarden on Wednesday night, March 8, 2023.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that at about 11:10 p.m., 47-year-old Jeffrey Baker of Chatsworth was driving a 2008 Buick eastbound on County Road 13, five miles west of Hawarden near River Road. They tell us that 38-year-old Kyle Paulsen of Alcester, SD was westbound on 13 in a 2008 Chevy pickup.

The report says that for some reason the Buick crashed head-on into the pickup.

An ambulance took Baker to Hawarden Regional Health. He was later transported to a hospital in Sioux City. His injuries were called “life-threatening.” A 30-year-old passenger in his vehicle and Paulsen (the driver of the pickup) were both taken to Hawarden Regional Health by ambulance as well.

Charges are pending against both drivers, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. They tell us the investigation continues and all information is only preliminary.

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