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Boy flags down help after six injured in serious crash near Oacoma

OACOMA -- After being involved in a serious crash Monday, a 9-year-old boy climbed out of a vehicle, walked a few hundred yards to the interstate and flagged down help.

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OACOMA - After being involved in a serious crash Monday, a 9-year-old boy climbed out of a vehicle, walked a few hundred yards to the interstate and flagged down help.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said six people were inside the 2009 Chevrolet 1500 pickup traveling west on Interstate 90, near Oacoma, when it crashed. A 20-year-old woman sustained life-threatening injuries.

Officials say the crash occurred at about 6 p.m., when the vehicle left the interstate, went through a ditch and fence on the north side of the road and into a ravine. The 9-year-old, whose injuries are unknown at this point, flagged down another vehicle, in which was a paramedic who helped care for the injured until other first responders arrived.

Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt. The crash occurred 6 miles west of Oacoma.

Also involved were the driver, a 46-year-old man with serious non-life-threatening injuries; a 65-year-old woman with serious non-life-threatening injuries; a 12-year-old girl with serious non-life-threatening injuries; and an 8-month-old infant with unknown injuries.

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No charges are pending. The South Dakota Highway Patrol investigated the crash, and the Lyman County Sheriff’s Office and Brule County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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