UPDATE: Two hurt in multiple vehicle accident on Hamilton Blvd
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KTIV's Sarah Te Slaa took this photo of the scene.
A traffic incident that spanned several Sioux City blocks involving multiple cars sends two people to the hospital.
Just after 8:30 Thursday morning, police say the driver of a van, Joel Herzberg of Sioux City, was turning from Outer Drive onto Hamilton Boulevard and hit a vehicle. Herzberg kept going and hit two more vehicles and a red Avalanche. The force of the crash sent the Avalanche over the median, across two lanes of oncoming traffic, and into a light pole. The van crashed into a grove of trees in the 3100 block of Hamilton.
Paramedics took Herzberg and the driver of the Avalanche to the hospital. Both are expected to be ok.
Police confirm, the van is from Opportunities Unlimited, which is a brain and spinal cord injury rehab center in Sioux City. Police say Herzberg was a patient at Opportunities Unlimited and may not have been authorized to drive the van.
Herzberg hit Todd Finzen's truck. Finzen says Herzberg was speeding and driving recklessly.
"We were just going down Hamilton and the lady in the Avalanche passed me a little bit and this van just came up and took my mirror off and just hit her hard," said Finzen.
Firefighters had to cut away trees that were wedged under the van before the tow truck could move it.
Herzberg was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license.
Opportunities Unlimited declined to comment on the crash.
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