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Fall River County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 13, 2020

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648


Fall River County Fatal Crash


WHAT:  Two-vehicle crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 8

              Two miles south of Oelrichs, S.D.

When:   2:02 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2020


Driver No 1: Male, 72, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passenger: Female, 71, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2017 GMC Sierra Pickup


Driver No. 2: Female, 50, Minor Injuries

Passenger: Male, 53, Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup



OELRICHS, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon south of Oelrichs.


Names of those involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.


A 2017 GMC Sierra pickup was southbound on U.S. Highway 385 when it rear-ended a Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was towing a fifth-wheel trailer loaded with hay. When the two vehicles collided, the trailer pushed forward into the back of the Chevrolet.


The 71-year-old female passenger of the Sierra pickup was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital where she died as a result of her injuries. The 72-year-old male driver received serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Hot Springs hospital.


Both occupants of the Silverado pickup – the 50-year-old female driver and 53-year-old male passenger – suffered minor injuries. They later went to the Hot Springs hospital by private vehicle.


All four people involved were wearing seat belts. Charges are pending for both drivers.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.


The Highway Patrol is part 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.