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Off-duty trooper helps teens out of fiery wreck in SD

BATH (AP) -- Authorities say an off-duty South Dakota highway patrolman stopped to help a group of teenagers out of burning vehicle after a crash that injured 10 people.

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BATH (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty South Dakota highway patrolman stopped to help a group of teenagers out of burning vehicle after a crash that injured 10 people.

The two-vehicle crash happened Sunday night near Bath. A spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety says both vehicles were westbound on U.S. Highway 12.

Six teens were in a 2004 Jeep Cherokee that was having mechanical problems. The Jeep was going about 10 mph with its hazard lights activated when authorities say it was rear-ended by a compact SUV and caught fire.

The Aberdeen News reports nine people were taken by ambulance to hospitals. Another was airlifted to a hospital. Their injuries range from serious but non-life-threatening to minor.

The crash remains under investigation, but charges are not pending.

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