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Rally Tally Day 6: Six injured across six new crashes 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.

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STURGIS, S.D. — Six new injuries were reported across six separate crashes detailed in the sixth 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. Thursday through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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.

One injured after rolls onto driver near Nemo
NEMO, S.D. — Shortly after noon Thursday, authorities in Pennington County were called to the intersection of Nemo Road and Estes Creek Road, roughly one mile west of Nemo, for a report of a one-bike crash.

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Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2014 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Trike was eastbound on Nemo Road when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the ditch and eventually rolled over onto the driver.

The 71-year-old male driver sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

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.

One injured after entering ditch near Belle Fourche
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — Shortly before 1:15 p.m. Thursday, authorities in Butte County were called to mile marker 35 of U.S. Highway 212, roughly 10 miles east of Belle Fourche, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Yamaha Warrior motorcycle was westbound on U.S. 212 when the driver lost control. The motorcycle entered the north ditch and rolled.

The 48-year-old male driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Spearfish hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

One hurt after striking sign near Lead
LEAD, S.D. — Shortly after 1:45 p.m. Thursday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to mile marker 34 of U.S. Highway 14A, roughly three miles west of Lead, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on U.S. 14A when it swerved to miss an object in the road. The driver lost control and the motorcycle went into the ditch and hit a sign.

The 55-year-old male driver suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.

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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.

One injured after two-bike collision during U-turn near Deadwood
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to mile marker 106 of U.S. Highway 385, roughly 16 miles south of Deadwood, for a report of two-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2017 Harley-Davidson FLH motorcycle was southbound on U.S. 385 and had pulled to the shoulder of the road to make a U-turn into the northbound lane. While attempting the U-turn, the motorcycle collided with a southbound 1995 Harley-Davidson XL883 motorcycle.

The 56-year-old female driver of the XL883 motorcycle sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to the Rapid City hospital. She was not wearing a helmet. The 65-year-old male driver of the FLH motorcycle was not injured. He was wearing a helmet.

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.

One hurt in rear-end crash near Spearfish
SPEARFISH, S.D. — Shortly after 4:10 p.m. Thursday, authorities in Lawrence County were called to mile marker 12 of U.S. Highway 14A, roughly one mile south of Spearfish, for a report of two-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was northbound on U.S. 14A and entered the approach to a parking area. The motorcycle turned too quickly and was rear-ended by a 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The 2004 motorcycle tipped over, and the 72-year-old male driver was thrown from the motorcycle. He suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Spearfish hospital. No injuries were reported from the 70-year-old male driver of the 2017, who was wearing a helmet.

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.

One injured on Interstate on-ramp in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. — Shortly before 6:45 p.m. Thursday, authorities in Sturgis were called to mile marker 30 of Interstate 90, within the city limits of Sturgis, for a report of a one-bike crash.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2006 Harley-Davidson Cruiser motorcycle lost control while getting on the interstate.

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The 61-year-old male driver was not injured. The 57-year-old female passenger suffered minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to the Sturgis hospital. They were not wearing helmets.

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A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021. After over a year in Mitchell, he moved to Milwaukee, where he now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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