Rally Tally Day 5: Semi striking home, 5 other crashes result in 7 injured near Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is releasing daily updates on crashes and crime in and around Sturgis for the duration of the nine-day rally.
STURGIS, S.D. — Two injuries reported after a semi struck an occupied home in Sturgis were just a portion of the seven individuals injured across five crashes detailed in the fifth day of the annual Rally Tally.
Over the course of the nine-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Highway Patrol releases daily information on crashes and crime in and around the city of Sturgis.
Known as the Rally Tally, the daily release includes information of investigations conducted only by the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and does not include statistics compiled by other organizations, including the Sturgis Police Department and various county sheriff's offices in the area.
Released at noon MDT on each day of the rally, the information below includes information compiled from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Thursday.
Semi leaves interstate and strikes occupied home in Sturgis, two vehicle occupants hurt
STURGIS, S.D. — Shortly after 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, authorities in Sturgis were called to a private residence near mile marker 32 of Interstate 90, within the city limits of Sturgis, for a report of a semi that struck a home.
Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2020 Volvo semi-truck and trailer was eastbound on Interstate 90 went off the roadway to the right, eventually into a private yard and hit the front of a residential home.
The 68-year-old female driver of the truck and the 65-year-old male passenger both suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Sturgis hospital. The driver was wearing a seat belt and the passenger was not.
The 74-year-old male resident of the home was not injured.
Two bikers lose control simultaneously, both injured
NEMO, S.D. — At approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to an area west of the Nemo Road and Vanocker Canyon Road intersection, within Nemo city limits, for a report of two single-bike crashes.
Preliminary crash information indicates that two motorcycles were westbound together on Nemo Road when the male driver of a 2005 Harley-Davidson Heritage motorcycle hit his brakes and lost control on a curve. The male driver of the second motorcycle, a 2009 Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Glide motorcycle, also lost control.
Both motorcycles went across the centerline and into the opposite lane. The Heritage motorcycle came to rest in the south ditch and the Dyna Low Glide motorcycle against a guard rail.
Both the 76-year-old driver of the Heritage and the 66-year-old driver of the Dyna Low Glide suffered minor injuries. Each were treated on scene. Both were wearing helmets.
One injured after failing to negotiate curve near Custer
CUSTER, S.D. — Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities in Custer County were called to mile marker 37 of U.S. Highway 16A, roughly 12 miles east of Custer, for a report of a one-bike crash.
Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2005 Harley-Davidson FXD motorcycle was westbound on U.S. 16A when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and the motorcycle went into the ditch.
The 52-year-old male driver received serious, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Rapid City hospital. He was wearing a helmet.
One injured after truck, semi collide near Belle Fourche
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, authorities in Butte County were called to mile marker 64 of U.S. Highway 85, roughly seven miles north of Belle Fourche, for a report of a two-vehicle crash.
Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2019 Ford F350 Super Duty pickup was southbound on U.S. 85 when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a 2007 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer.
The 22-year-old male driver of the pickup received serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Spearfish hospital. He was wearing a seat belt.
The 29-year-old male driver of the semi-truck was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.
One injured after biker strikes deer near Central City
CENTRAL CITY, S.D. — Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to mile marker 39 of U.S. Highway 14A, roughly a half-mile east of Central City for a report of a deer strike.
Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with a deer in the roadway.
The 73-year-old male driver received serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Rapid City hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.
Troopers seize four vehicles, over $4,000 in cash as felony drug arrests climb
STURGIS, S.D. — It took five days before troopers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol made their first vehicle and cash seizures at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
According to Thursday's information release, troopers seized four vehicles in connection with drug possession busts between Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
In the same timeframe, they also seized $4,335 in cash, though information doesn't indicate whether the cash seizure was connected to the vehicle seizures.
Though misdemeanor drug arrests are down through the first five days, felony drug arrests are up to 79 in Sturgis, with 7 additional cases outside of city limits.
As of Thursday's release, troopers have made 86 felony drug arrests through five days, up nearly 18% from the 73 arrests in the same timeframe last year.