A northwest Iowa woman in a wheelchair being transported for dialysis died in an accident near Hospers. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:30 Friday morning, 71-year-old Stan DeHaan of rural Orange City was driving a farm tractor eastbound on a county blacktop. DeHaan was pulling two grain wagons loaded with corn.

Seventy-year-old Ronald Korthals of George was driving transit minivan, also eastbound. Korthals was transporting 83-year-old Bernard Bakker of Sioux Center and 64-year-old Barbara Nielsen of Hull to the Dialysis Center in Hospers. The RIDES van driven by Korthals collided with the rear of the second grain wagon pulled by DeHaan’s tractor.

The second wagon then separated from the other wagon and entered the north ditch where it overturned. Nielsen, who was in a wheelchair at the time of the accident, was transported to the Orange City Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. DeHaan was not injured in the accident. Korthals and Bakker were transported to the Orange City Hospital.

By Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA, Sheldon