Two injured in crash near Alexandria

Crash under investigation by South Dakota Highway Patrol

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ALEXANDRIA — Two individuals were injured Thursday in a two-vehicle crash near Alexandria.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was southbound on 421st Avenue when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The crash occurred at approximately 8:15 a.m. about seven and a half miles north of Alexandria.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Aaron Smith, 16, of Alexandria, was not wearing a seatbelt and received serious non life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

The driver of the Dodge, John Waldner, 21, of Alexandria, also was not wearing a seatbelt and received non life-threatening injuries. He was also transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

The crash remains under investigation by the South Dakota High Patrol, and charges are pending against both drivers. Both drivers were the only occupants of their respective vehicles.


The crash closed down 421st Avenue from the time of the crash until approximately 10:08 a.m.

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