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Teen driver cited in Sunday rollover accident

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert A 15-year-old boy from Fort Dodge was transported via LifeFlight to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines following a single-vehicle rollover accident in rural Webster County on Sunday. The boy was a passenger in a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck that was driven by another 15-year-old boy. The driver tried to take a curve on a gravel road too fast and rolled the truck, Iowa State Patrol said. The driver and the passenger aren’t believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with failure to maintain control and violation of an instructional permit following a single-vehicle accident in rural Webster County on Sunday.

According to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kyle Kluender, the teen was driving a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck along the curve at the intersection of Park Avenue and 286th Street just southwest of Dolliver Memorial State Park around 11:40 a.m. on Sunday.

“The vehicle was traveling down the gravel road and he hit the curve too fast and rolled onto his side,” Kluender said.

Inside the vehicle was one passenger, also a 15-year-old male. Both teens are from Fort Dodge. Due to the ages of the juveniles, their names will not be released.

The passenger was airlifted to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, while the driver was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center via ambulance for medical treatment. Kluender did not have a status update for either the driver or the passenger on Monday, but said he didn’t believe their injuries were life-threatening.

The driver was charged with the two offenses in connection with the crash.

The Otho Volunteer Fire Department, Fort Dodge Fire Rescue and the Webster County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Iowa State Patrol at the scene.

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