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Fall River County Fatal Crash-I.D.

Fall River County Fatal Crash-I.D.

Authorities identify person killed in Fall River County crash


News Staff - December 6, 2018

OELRICHS, S.D. – A Hot Springs, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon east of Oelrichs.

A 1999 Town and Country Chrysler was westbound on U.S. Highway 18 when it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. As the driver tried to move the vehicle back into the westbound lane, an approaching eastbound 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup tried to avoid the first vehicle by also crossing into the westbound lane. That is where the two vehicles collided.

Helen Iverson, the 72-year-old female driver of the Chrysler, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Both occupants of the pickup were injured. The driver, 69-year-old Richard Fritzler, suffered minor injuries and the female passenger, 72-year-old Barbara Fritzler, sustained life-threatening injuries. The two occupants, who are from Alliance, NE, were transported by ambulance to the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs. Barbara Fritzler was later sent to Rapid City Regional Hospital. The two occupants were wearing seatbelts.

U.S. Highway 18 was closed for about two hours.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.



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