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Mitchell man injured in crash

A Mitchell man was injured and rendered unconscious in a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 early Monday morning.

Pending family notification, the South Dakota Highway Patrol is declining to release the man's name. Trooper Dan Podzimek said the driver and a juvenile passenger were riding in the vehicle traveling west on I-90 around 2 a.m. when the driver lost control.

"From the tracks at the scene, the van entered the median, came back out onto the interstate and back down into the median, rolled and came to rest on the roof on the eastbound driving lane," Podzimek said.

The passenger told Podzimek all he remembers is hanging upside down held in by his seat belt, and then crawling from the vehicle. He was not injured.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt. He was airlifted to Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls with back injuries.

He remained unconscious as of Monday afternoon, Podzimek said.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol, McCook County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department and Salem Ambulance responded to the scene at 2:28 a.m. The eastbound lane of the interstate was closed for about a half-hour and authorities were on scene until 5 a.m.

Citations are pending, but Podzimek will not issue any until he can speak to the driver.