FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648
Pennington County Fatal Crash
What: Two-Vehicle Crash
Where: U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 60
Five miles west of Rapid City, S.D.
When: 12:30 p.m., May 31, 2022
Driver: Female, 78, Fatal Injuries
Vehicle: 2010 Buick LaCrosse
Driver: Male, 66, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries
Passenger: Female, 65, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries
Vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One woman died Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash west of Rapid City.
Names of the three people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.
Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2010 Buick LaCrosse was eastbound on U.S. Highway 16 when the vehicle veered to the right and struck a guardrail. The Buick then crossed both eastbound lanes, went through the median and into the westbound lanes where it collided head-on with a westbound 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
The 78-year-old female driver of the Buick suffered life-threatening injuries. She later died at a Rapid City hospital. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
Both occupants of the Hyundai had to be extricated from the vehicle. They suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a Rapid City hospital. Both were wearing seatbelts.
U.S. Highway 16 was shut down for 48 minutes and then limited to one lane opened for 12 additional minutes before the scene was completely reopened to traffic.
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.
The Highway Patrol is an agency of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Note: Records of state-reportable crashes are now available at http://www.safesd.gov/ Records should be available about 10 days after the investigation is complete.