BROOKINGS – Two people received life-threatening injuries and a third received serious non-life-threatening injuries in two separate accidents on Interstate 29 late Tuesday afternoon, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
The first crash was reported at 3:13 p.m. Tuesday and occurred at mile marker 154, 18 miles north of Brookings in Deuel County, said Tony Mangan, spokesperson for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Two men, who were not using seatbelts, sustained life-threatening injuries after they were ejected, he said.
One man, 25, was driving a 2000 Lincoln Town Car Cartier and the other man, 27, was a passenger. Both were transported to the Brookings hospital, and the driver was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital. Charges are pending against the driver, Mangan said.
A third man, 43, was driving a 2018 Freightliner tractor. He was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Clear Lake hospital.
“The Town Car was northbound on I-29 when (the) driver lost control when he hit a patch of ice at the bridge. The vehicle slid across the median and into the southbound traffic, where it was hit by the semi. The Town Car went into the ditch and the semi into a cornfield,” Mangan said.
The second accident was reported at 4 p.m. and occurred at mile marker 131, a mile south of Brookings, Mangan said.
A 2005 Dodge Caravan was driven by a 21-year-old woman and a 2016 GMC Sierra K2500 was driven by a man, 67, Mangan said.
“The Caravan was northbound on I-29 when (the) driver lost control in the snow and the vehicle entered the median. The (Caravan) came to a stop in the southbound lanes where it was hit by the southbound pickup. The driver of the Caravan was ejected,” Mangan said.
The woman sustained serious non-life-threatening injuries, and she was taken to the Brookings hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt and no charges are pending, Mangan said.
The man was wearing a seatbelt and had no injuries. There are no charges pending against him, Mangan said.
The Highway Patrol is investigating both accidents, he said.