One dead, two injured in head-on crash near Watertown

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

WATERTOWN — One person was killed and two were injured Thursday evening in a two-vehicle, head-on collision near Watertown.

At 5:22 p.m., a westbound 2002 Toyota Highlander is believed to have crossed the center line of S.D. Highway 20, half a mile west of Watertown, and collided with an eastbound 2001 GMC Yukon, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

The 56-year-old male driver and 54-year-old female passenger of the Yukon were extricated from the vehicle, and the driver died from injuries sustained in the crash. The passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The 17-year-old male driver of the Highlander sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was also transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. It is not known whether either driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Names of those involved in the crash have not been released pending the notification of family members. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Related Topics: ACCIDENTS
What To Read Next
Members Only
“In our industry there aren’t a lot of young people in it. I like the fact that there are a lot of young people in agriculture here,” he said of the Mitchell area.
Members Only
After the departure of longtime superintendent Marje Kaiser and the hiring of Dan Trefz, who recently resigned, advocates say the specialty school needs help from lawmakers to reach its past heights.
Over the past year, the city has been mulling over bringing a secondary water source to Mitchell – a move Mayor Bob Everson said is aimed at positioning the city to grow.
At issue was the attendance at a legislative conference in Hawaii last December by Spencer Gosch and Jamie Smith.