WAGNER, S.D. — Four people died and another person was injured Tuesday night, Feb. 16, in a two-vehicle crash in southeast South Dakota.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation said the crash occurred at 6:10 p.m. at the intersection of State Highways 46 and 50, about 2 miles west of Wagner, S.D.
Names of the five people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.
Three individuals in a 2003 Chrysler Sebring — a 31-year-old female driver, a 28-year-old female passenger, and a 33-year-old male passenger — died in the crash. A 64-year-old woman driving a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to authorities, the Chrysler Sebring was southbound on Highway 50 and failed to stop at the intersection. It collided in the intersection with the Jeep Cherokee which was westbound on Highway 46.
The Chrysler went into the south ditch and started on fire. The four occupants had to be extricated. The 31-year-old female driver, a 28-year-old female passenger and a 33-year-old male passenger were transported to a Wagner hospital where they were pronounced dead. The fourth occupant, a 27-year-old male passenger, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was later flown to a Sioux Falls hospital.
None of the people involved in the crash appeared to be wearing seat belts. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.