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Four injured in rollover east of Mitchell

Emergency workers respond to a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 90, about five miles east of Mitchell. Four people were injured in the crash. (Chris Mueller/Republic)

Four people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover Monday afternoon on Interstate 90, about five miles east of Mitchell.

Clete Greseth, 72, was driving westbound in a 2011 Ford F-150, with his wife, 54-year-old Catherine Greseth, in the front passenger seat and his son, 53-year-old Wade Greseth, and his son's wife, 51-year-old Shari Greseth, in the back seats.

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Clete and Catherine Greseth are both from Santa Fe, N.M., and Wade and Shari Greseth are from Hermosa, a small town in western South Dakota.

Clete Greseth, the driver, apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing it enter the median, launch off a crossing and roll before coming to rest on its roof, according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Podzimek.

Bob Rose, of Rapid City, was driving nearby and witnessed the crash.

"I saw the vehicle in the air," Rose said in an interview with The Daily Republic at the scene. "It was completely in the air and then hit and started rolling."

Rose, who isn't a trained emergency responder, said he was one of about 20 people who saw the crash and stopped to help.

"People were there the minute that thing stopped rolling," he said.

The first ambulance arrived about five minutes after the crash, while bystanders were still trying to get the occupants out of the wrecked vehicle, Rose said.

Clete and Catherine Greseth were both wearing seatbelts and each suffered minor injuries in the crash, but Wade and Shari Greseth were not wearing seatbelts and each suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, Podzimek said. All four were transported by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

No citations have been issued, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation, Podzimek said.

A dog, an Australian shepherd named Tucker, was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash but ran off and had not been located as of Monday evening, Podzimek said.

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