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Three seriously injured in Menno area crash

MENNO -- A Scotland man sustained life-threatening injuries and two others were hurt in a head-on collision Monday night near Menno. Toby Devries, 27, was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after crashing a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze into a 2000 Dodge Car...

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MENNO - A Scotland man sustained life-threatening injuries and two others were hurt in a head-on collision Monday night near Menno.

Toby Devries, 27, was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after crashing a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze into a 2000 Dodge Caravan at 10:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 18, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Two occupants in the Caravan sustained serious non-life threatening injuries in the crash, which occurred two miles west of Menno. The 17-year-old male driver of the Caravan was transported to a Scotland hospital, and the 42-year-old male passenger in the van was transported to Freeman before he was brought to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Charges are pending against Devries in relation to the incident, which S.D. DPS said occurred when the driver of the Caravan thought an oncoming vehicle was driving in his lane. The investigation in the crash is ongoing, DPS said.

Devries was found outside of his vehicle, which caught fire, and both occupants of the Caravan had to be extricated from their vehicle.

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Neither occupant of the Caravan was wearing a seat belt, and authorities are still investigating whether Devries was wearing a seat belt.

South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Bon Homme and Hutchinson county sheriff's offices also responded to the scene, as well as the Menno Police Department and Menno, Scotland and Freeman ambulance services.

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