Child ejected in weekend crash near Dale

Herald Staff Writer

DALE — Three people were injured in a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning south of Dale, including a child who was ejected.

Cyrus I. Vatandoost of Hendersonville, Tenn., was northbound on U.S. 231 south of Dale in a 2007 Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck when he apparently fell asleep behind the wheel at 6:51 a.m. CST, according to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said the truck drove off the west side of the highway, struck a guardrail and flipped onto its top. The Lincoln then slid across the roadway, flipped back over and struck a guardrail on the east side of the northbound lanes.

Vatandoost’s 10-year-old nephew, Carson Land, who was a rear seat passenger on the driver’s side of the vehicle, was ejected. Vatandoost’s son, Kiano Vatandoost, 12, who was a rear seat passenger on the right side of the vehicle, appeared uninjured.

The boys and Mr. Vatandoost, who suffered cuts to his left arm, were taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

At last report, Land was reported to be doing fine but was to have tests to confirm there had been no internal injuries, according to Lt. Dale Kessinger, who investigated the crash. A hospital spokeswoman said he was listed in fair condition.

Mr. Vatandoost’s age was not immediately available.

The Carter Fire District Volunteer Fire Department based in Dale and Spencer County Emergency Medical Services assisted.

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