On Wednesday, November 22, at 8:50 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident involving a farm tractor and wagon that occurred on Grant Avenue, two miles northwest of Maurice, IA.
Wayne Brink, age 77, of Maurice, was driving a 1989 Case IH tractor and pulling a loaded manure wagon northbound on Grant Avenue. Cody Berkenpas, age 27, of Struble, IA, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Grant Avenue when he struck the manure wagon; the impact pushed Brink into the west ditch and Berkenpas into the east ditch.
Berkenpas was transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to Sioux Center Health; he was later flown to Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, for further medical treatment. Brink reported minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Orange City Area Health for treatment of minor injuries.
The Chevrolet sustained approximately $25,000 in damage; The tractor and wagon sustained an estimated $30,000 in damage.
Berkenpas was cited for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle, failing to stop within assured clear distance and failure to use seatbelt.