Two Dead, Six Injured In Alcester Crash

Driver unintentionally stepped on gas instead of brake
Photo Courtesy: Shaleen Allen

UPDATE (5:13 p.m.)
ALCESTER – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials say the investigation into Monday’s fatal crash in Alcester continues to indicate that the incident was unintentional.

Two people were killed and six others were injured when a vehicle ran into Alcester Care and Rehab Center, hitting seven people who were coming out of the building. The group was a mixture of center employees and residents. The driver was also injured.

An 81-year-old woman, driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, had pulled into a driveway area near the building when witnesses say the driver unintentionally stepped on the gas instead of the brakes, sending the car into the building.

Names of the eight people involved have not yet been released. The female driver is one of the six that were injured. The injured were taken to hospitals in Hawarden, Iowa; Sioux City, Iowa; and Sioux Falls. Some of the injured have already been treated and released.

Highway Patrol officials say will likely take several days to complete.

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ALCESTER, S.D. – Authorities say two people are dead and six others are injured after a vehicle slammed into a group of people outside a rehabilitation center in Alcester.

State Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Mangan says the crash occurred Monday morning outside the Alcester Care and Rehab Center.

Mangan says the investigation is ongoing, but that the crash appears to have been accident. He says the driver of the vehicle was among those brought to a hospital.

Mangan says he doesn’t know the driver’s identity and couldn’t provide details about what preceded the crash. Mangan says the Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the collision.

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