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A 22-year-old Woonsocket woman was killed Saturday in a motorcycle crash on state Highway 38 east of Mitchell.

Jordan Dawn Hanson was a passenger on a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle heading east on Highway 38, driven by 19-year-old Sean Millard Baas, of Alexandria. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, Baas was slowing the motorcycle to make a right turn onto Riverside Road when he lost control and began to slide in front of a northbound semi-truck driven by 62-year-old David Lee Vanzee, of Huron.

Hanson was separated from the motorcycle and slid under the driver's side front dual tires of the semi. Hanson suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

Baas was also separated from the motorcycle and suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. Baas and Hanson were both wearing helmets.

Vanzee was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Hanson County Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Fire Department and Mitchell Police Department all responded to the incident.