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First responders carry a woman to a waiting ambulance after her car crashed and landed in a cornfield on Nelson Avenue north of U.S. Highway 20 Thursday evening.

A driver was airlifted to a Des Moines-area hospital Thursday night after a one-vehicle crash near Coalville.

The Webster County Communications Center received a call just before 5:00 p.m. that a vehicle had crashed on Nelson Avenue, north of U.S. Highway 20. According to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Scott Devereux, the driver was northbound on Nelson Avenue when the car veered into the ditch before striking a driveway culvert, which sent the vehicle airborne about 25 yards toward the edge of the corn field. The silver Pontiac sedan hit the ground outside the cornfield and continued to roll, ending up several yards into the cornfield. Debris and holes in the grass lined the vehicle’s path.

The driver was extricated from the vehicle by first responders and was conscious and alert, but was injured and reported difficulty breathing.

A Fort Dodge Fire Department ambulance transported the driver to a nearby Iowa State Patrol Post 7 to await a LifeFlight helicopter.

There were no passengers or other vehicles in the vehicle.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but Devereaux said it appears it may have been caused by a medical issue.

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