One injured in four-vehicle crash near Alexandria

Vehicles involved were part of funeral procession

Police lights. (Republic file photo)
Police lights. (Republic file photo)

ALEXANDRIA — One person was injured in a four-vehicle crash Monday near Alexandria.

According to the South Dakota Department of Highway Safety, a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban came off the Interstate 90 westbound off ramp and could not slow down in time for the vehicles stopped on the ramp. That led to a chain-reaction collision with three vehicles in front of it.

All four vehicles were involved in a funeral procession at the time of the crash.

The crash occurred at 12:10 p.m. Monday near mile marker 344 on Interstate 90 about one half-mile north of Alexandria.

Emily Ruden, 32, Emery, was the driver of the Suburban and was not injured in the crash. Ruden and three passengers in the Suburban, a 10-year-old male, an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old male were not injured in the crash. A fourth passenger, a 6-year-old female, received minor injuries and was treated at the scene and not transported. All the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts.


The Suburban collided with a 2009 Honda Odyssey, which in turn collided with a 2008 Ford F150 pickup, which then collided with a 2008 Chevrolet Impala.

The 58-year-old female driver of the Odyssey and her two passengers were not injured and all three were wearing seat belts.

The 67-year-old male driver of the Ford pickup was also uninjured and wearing a seat belt. The 55-year-old female driver of the Impala was also uninjured and wearing a seat belt.

Charges are pending against Ruden.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol, a division of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, investigated the crash.

Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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