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One person cited for not clearing frost from windshield in two-vehicle crash

Mitchell emergency personnel work the scene of a crash Monday morning on North Mentzer Street, at the entrance of Mitchell's LifeQuest. (Luke Hagen / Republic)

A Mitchell man was cited for not clearing his windshield of frost Monday morning following a two-vehicle crash that caused minor injuries.

Jeffrey Vandeberg, 53, and his 30-year-old passenger were both transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell following the crash that occurred at about 8:41 a.m. near LifeQuest in Mitchell. Vandeberg, who had back and neck injuries, was cited for impaired glass.

According to Mitchell Police Officer Paul Wilson, a 2013 Ford Taurus was pulling into the parking lot at LifeQuest when the driver stopped at the entryway of the lot so another vehicle could clear out of a parking spot.

Vandeberg did not see the Taurus — which held four passengers — due to the unclear windshield, Wilson said. Then the Ranger struck the front-passenger side of the Taurus, which had all of its airbags deploy.

Everyone in the Taurus was wearing a seat belt and no one was injured. Vandeberg estimated to authorities he was traveling 10 mph.

The Mitchell Police Division and Mitchell Fire/EMS responded to the scene, at 804 N. Mentzer St. in Mitchell.