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Rally Friday Night
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Rally Friday Night
Seven injury crashes reported in latest rally reporting period
Gary Matthews - August 11, 2017

STURGIS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says there were seven injury crashes in the latest report issued Friday afternoon.

Three of those accidents involved serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

Rally crashes overall now total 59 -- that is 15 more than last year. Non-injury crashes are also up seven from last year.

D-U-I arrests remain down over last year, as do drug arrests. Citations and Warnings are also down over last year.

The city of Sturgis in their final Rally Update says total calls for service are up 152 from the same time last year, although the Police Rally statistics will continue through Sunday.

Final vendor numbers and South Dakota D-O-T traffic counts will be available next week. A final attendance count will not be available until later this month.

Here is a synopsis of the latest injury crashes:

At 7:40 a.m., South Dakota Highway 34, mile marker 48: A motorcycle was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it hit a deer that had entered the roadway. The male driver, 67, from St. Paul, MN, received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

At 9:34 a.m., U.S. Highway 85 at Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish: A Mazda was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when a motorcycle entered the roadway from the left and the two vehicles collided. The male driver of the vehicle, 76, from Deadwood, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. The 71-year-old male driver of the motorcycle from Baker City, OR, sustained minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

At 12:47 p.m., Interstate 90, mile marker 111, one mile east of Wall: A motorcycle pulling a trailer was eastbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control. The 67-year-old male driver from Dubuque, IA was thrown from his motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious non-life threatening injuries.

At 1:35 p.m., South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 75, eight miles east of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the driver entered a curve and the male driver lost control. He was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver, 67, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 3:03 p.m., South Dakota Highway 87, mile marker 54, 10 miles southeast of Custer: A motorcycle was southbound on South Dakota Highway 87 when the male driver lost control of the motorcycle, which went off the roadway and down an embankment. He was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver, 58, from Minot, ND, sustained minor injuries. A female passenger, 49, from Bakersfield, CA sustained minor injuries.

At 3:43 p.m., Wildlife Loop Road, 11 miles east of Custer: A motorcycle westbound on Wildlife Loop Road was traveling around a curve when the male driver lost control. The driver, 66, from Hugo, MN, suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

At 4 p.m., U.S. Highway 85, Spearfish: A motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when it hit an oil slick on the roadway. The male driver laid the motorcycle down on its side. The driver, 34, from Ronald, WA, suffered minor injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.



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