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Patrol-Rally Tally

Patrol-Rally Tally

Patrol issues latest rally report


Gary Matthews - August 10, 2018

STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says there were no fatal accidents in the latest 24 hour reporting period, but a handful of crashes that resulted in life threatening injuries.

In its latest rally tally, the patrol reported 10 injury crashes Thursday.

Among the most serious were a motorcycle driver hurt after being rear-ended by a van and a 71-year-old motorcycle driver who crashed on U.S. Highway 385 south of Deadwood.

In all, the patrol has responded to 46 injury crashes during this year’s rally – down from 59 last year.

There have been four fatalities so far.

Here is a summary of Thursday's crashes:

At 8:04 a.m. Thursday, Colorado Boulevard, within Spearfish city limits: A motorcycle was eastbound on Colorado Boulevard when it slowed down and was rear-ended by a 2017 Dodge Caravan. The male motorcycle driver, 67, suffered life-threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet. The two occupants of the vehicle, the 25-year-old female driver and small male child, were not injured. They were wearing seatbelts.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, U.S. Highway 14A mile marker 43, one mile east of Deadwood: A 49-year-old pedestrian female entered the roadway and was struck by a motorcycle. The pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries. The two motorcycle occupants, the 46-year-old male driver and the 34-year-old female passenger, sustained minor injuries. The passenger was wearing a helmet.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 36, two miles east of Spearfish: A motorcycle was turning off of Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish onto U.S. Highway 85 when it made a wide turn into the driving lane. The motorcycle collided with the trailer being pulled by a northbound 2012 GMC Sierra. Both motorcycle occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The 64-year-old male driver and 61-yar-old female driver both suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing helmets. The male driver of the Sierra, 24, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt.

At 12:15 p.m. Thursday, U.S. Highway 18, mile marker 50, 11 miles southeast of Hot Springs: A 1997 Grand Prix SE was traveling on U.S. Highway 18 when the female driver, 59, lost control. The vehicle went into the median and rolled. The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The male passenger, 10, sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

At 12:15 p.m. Thursday, U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 114, Nemo Road: A motorcycle was southbound on U.S. Highway 385 when an ATV pulled out in front of it. The ATV collided with the motorcycle. Both occupants of the motorcycles were thrown from the motorcycle. The 57-year-old male driver and the 63-year-old female passenger each suffered minor injuries. Both were wearing helmets. The 69-year-old male driver of ATV was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

At 4:29 p.m. Thursday, U.S. Highway 16, Hill City: A 2016 Ford F-350 pickup was eastbound on U.S. Highway 16 when it attempted to turn left at the intersection with Poplar Street. The vehicle collided with a westbound motorcycle. The 40-year-old male driver of the pickup was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. The 52-year-old male driver of the motorcycle suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nemo Road and Troxell Street, Nemo: A 2012 Lincoln MKS made a u-turn in front of a motorcycle, causing the collision. The 59-year-old male driver of the Lincoln was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. The 53-year-old male driver of the motorcycle suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 6:50 p.m. Thursday, South Dakota Highway 240, mile marker 6, four miles northeast of Interior: A motorcycle was northbound on South Dakota Highway 240 when the male driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle crossed the center line, went off the roadway and off a 15-foot embankment. The driver, 29, suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 7:11 p.m. Thursday, U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 121, a half a mile south of Deadwood: A motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when the driver lost control approaching a curve. The motorcycle tipped over and into the east ditch. The male driver, 71, suffered life-threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 12:55 a.m. Friday, the Junction Avenue and I-90 Exit 32 westbound interchange, Sturgis city limits: A 2008 Honda SUV was northbound on Junction Avenue and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto the exit ramp when it collided with a southbound motorcycle. Both motorcycle occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. The 56-year-old male driver and the 46-year-old female passenger both suffered minor injuries .Neither was wearing a helmet .The 19-year-old female driver of the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.



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