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Sioux Falls man airlifted from I-90 crash

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SALEM — A Sioux Falls man suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash on Interstate 90 around 3:30 p.m. Christmas Day.

Another woman was injured during the crash, which happened between the Spencer and Salem exits.

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South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Casey Bassett said a Chevy Trailblazer was driving west on I-90 when it lost control and slid into the median.

Shortly afterward, a Ford F-350 pickup was driving west and hit a patch of ice, lost control and struck the Trailblazer. The truck rolled onto its roof and then came to rest on the passenger’s side. The driver and passenger, who are from Iowa, were wearing seat belts.

The victims’ names were not being released Wednesday, pending family notification.

Highway Patrol is still investigating how the driver of the Trailblazer was injured — whether the F-350 struck the Trailblazer or the truck struck the man himself while he was outside the Trailblazer.

The driver of the Trailblazer was airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with life-threatening injuries, Bassett said.

The passenger of the F-350 was transported by Salem Ambulance to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. The driver was treated and released from the scene.

Bassett said no citations were issued and the icy road conditions caused the crash.

Salem Fire Department, Bridgewater Fire Department and McCook County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene. South Dakota Department of Transportation helped with traffic control.

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