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Driver airlifted after accident near Corsica

CORSICA -- A one-vehicle rollover early Wednesday morning northwest of Corsica resulted in a man being airlifted to Sioux Falls with life-threatening injuries.

At 12 a.m., the South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a crash on 386th Avenue. The driver, whose name has not been released, was traveling north on the gravel road when he lost control of his 2005 Ford Focus and entered the east ditch of the road and hit an embankment, where the car then rolled onto its top.

The driver, who is from the rural Corsica area, was not wearing a seat belt and had to be extracted from his vehicle, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency personnel transported the man to the Mitchell Municipal Airport where he was then airlifted to Sioux Falls by Sanford Intensive Air. The gravel road was not slippery or covered with snow at the time, the sheriff’s office said.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is handling the investigation into the crash. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Corsica Fire and Rescue, and Corsica Ambulance responded to the scene.