PILGER — An accident on the morning of Christmas eve sent one driver to the hospital and closed the Highway 15 and Highway 32 intersection for several hours.

Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger said the accident occurred when a westbound semi pulling a load of pigs pulled into the path of a southbound semi and trailer hauling grain.

The southbound semi struck the westbound trailer in the trailer and crashed through, injuring the driver.

Mark Hyatt, 55, rural Norfolk, was taken to the St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point for treatment, Unger said.

The driver of the westbound semi, Scott Brester, 39, Howells, declined medical treatment at the scene.

The westbound semi was carrying about 175 pigs with about 25 that were killed or put down after the accident. The accident still had the highway closed as of mid-afternoon Wednesday.

It took three large wreckers to clear the wreckage.  A fire was quickly extinguished in the westbound semi after the accident.

Rescue crews from Howells and Clarkson also responded to the scene and assisted area neighbors in rounding up numerous pigs that had fled from the wreckage.  

The junction is about 8 miles northeast of Clarkson.

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Dorothy Fryer, a longtime Norfolkan and former city editor of the Daily News, died Saturday morning at age 96. Services are pending with Home for Funerals in Norfolk.

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WAYNE — The Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College will present the "The Sistine Chapel" at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and “The Christmas Star” on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.