One Dead, Three Critically Injured In Head-On Crash Near Wall Lake

Authorities say an 18-year-old driver was in the wrong lane on Highway 42

UPDATE 1:29 pm:

One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday night west of Sioux Falls, S.D.

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

A 1997 Honda Accord was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 42 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound 1998 Honda Civic that was in the appropriate lane.

The male driver, age 39, of the Honda Civic was pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers in that vehicle, ages nine and eight, and the male driver of the other vehicle, age 18, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. They were transported to Sioux Falls hospitals.

At least two of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

The crash scene area was closed to traffic for several hours.

Officials of the South Dakota Highway Patrol continue to investigate.

Other agencies at the scene were Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Hartford Fire Department, Med Star, Sanford Air Med, Avera Care Flight and the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

One person is dead and three others are critically injured after a head-on collision on Highway 42 near Wall Lake.

The accident happened at just after 8:30 p.m. Friday. Authorities say an 18-year-old was driving in eastbound in the westbound lane and collided with a car driven by a 39-year-old man.

The 39-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Two girls, ages 12 and 9, were in the car and were critically injured. One was taken to the hospital in a helicopter. The other was taken by ambulance. The 18-year-old driver was also airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries.

All four people had to be extricated from their vehicles. Authorities on scene called this a “very violent crash.”

Authorities did not know if alcohol was a factor or if anyone was wearing a seat belt.

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