TYNDALL - Eight people were taken to the hospital following a single-vehicle rollover Sunday afternoon in Bon Homme County, authorities said.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said a 14-year-old male driver fell asleep while driving southbound on South Dakota Highway 37, about 5 miles west and 2 miles north of Tyndall. The crash occurred at 4:35 p.m., and charges are pending against the driver, who authorities said was not wearing a seat belt.
Authorities say a 1994 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban drifted into the west ditch, hit a field approach and rolled multiple times. All eight occupants were taken to a hospital in Tyndall.
Six juveniles and 36-year-old Michael Boyle, of Parkston, were in the vehicle. Boyle sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt and was later airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.
A 13-year-old female and a 10-year-old male each sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries. They were both wearing seat belts. Also involved were 8-, 7- and 5-year-old girls and an 8-month-old girl. It is unknown at this time their injuries or whether they were wearing seat belts.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.
In South Dakota, a driver must be at least 14 years of age to obtain an instruction permit, which requires taking a knowledge test or state-approved driver education course. Once a teen driver has the permit, they can drive under supervision of a licensed adult from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.