A Mitchell man was not seriously injured Saturday when a medical condition caused him to drive his pickup into a Mitchell Technical Institute building.
Police and fire units responded shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday to the scene of a single-vehicle accident in the parking lot of north campus. The driver suffered a diabetic reaction, according to police.
Mitchell Patrol Officer Terry Reyelts said that Mitchell Ambulance took Claude Snedeker, 64, of Mitchell, to Avera Queen of Peace for treatment. Snedeker was treated and released, according to a hospital staffer.
Reyelts said police were already responding to traffic complaints of a vehicle being driven erratically on North Burr Street, but before they could reach the dispatched location, Snedeker had crashed.
The pickup ran out of roadway on North Burr but the truck continued heading north onto a south driveway at MTI.
The truck swerved right just as it reached the southwest edge of MTI's main building and plowed into a garage bay door on the building's south end of the building.
"He took out a sign on the south side of the lot, skipped over some landscaping to a driveway that goes to another building and then the vehicle took a hard right turn and ended up inside a garage door," Reyelts said.
Damages to the building and landscaping are estimated at $16,000. Snedeker's pickup was totaled.
"It was a brand-new Ford F-150 with less than 400 miles on it." Reyelts said. "We're estimating its loss value at $40,000."
The major damage occurred when the truck hit a concrete column prior to ramming the garage door. The impact pushed the engine into the chassis of the truck, Reyelts said.
No tickets were issued.