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Trooper says fatigue cause of accident

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ARMOUR — According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, fatigue was the cause of a one-vehicle rollover accident at 3:24 p.m. Wednesday northeast of Armour on State Highway 44 and 397th Avenue.

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Trooper John Lord said the driver of the 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche, Nathaniel Kormann, 24, of Exeland, Wis., and the vehicle’s owner, Wayne Palm, 74, of Birchwood, Wis., who was a passenger at the time, were both were taken to Douglas County Memorial Hospital, in Armour, for treatment. Both men were wearing their seat belts and neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

The men were driving east on Highway 44 when Kormann reportedly fell asleep. The SUV went into the north ditch and then hit a driveway approach as it approached 397th Avenue. The vehicle went airborne, rolled twice and ended up on its roof. Kormann, who suffered a bloody nose, was checked and released, Lord said. Palm was awaiting diagnostic X-rays for possible rib injuries at the time of Lord’s report. Speed was not a factor in the accident, Lord said. “The driver was just tired.” The vehicle was totaled, he said. Armour fire and emergency vehicles responded, Lord said, as well as units from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

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