Three teens dead in crash near Woonsocket


WOONSOCKET -- Three teenagers died in a three-vehicle crash late Saturday night near Woonsocket.

Officials say two 14-year-old males and a 15-year-old male died in the crash, which occurred at 7:52 p.m. three miles east of Woonsocket where Highway 37-34 turns north toward Huron. A 14-year-old male also sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero the four teens were in was heading eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 preparing to turn north onto Highway 37. The vehicle collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was westbound on Highway 34. The Alero spun around and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that was at the stop sign on Highway 37.

The three juvenile males were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the people involved in the crash are not being released at this time pending notification of family.

The 46-year-old female driver of the Trailblazer also was taken to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. The two occupants in the third vehicle were uninjured.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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