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Two die in weekend crashes on South Dakota highways

July 12, 2021 GMT

LEAD, S.D. (AP) — A man has died and a woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash 1 mile west of Lead in western South Dakota.

Preliminary information indicated that the motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 14A around 6 p.m. Saturday when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, the South Dakota Highway Patrol said Monday. The motorcycle traveled across the roadway and into the ditch.

The Highway Patrol said both riders were thrown from the motorcycle. Neither was wearing a helmet, the patrol said. The 31-year-old male driver died at the scene. The 29-year-old female passenger was flown to a Rapid City hospital with life-threatening injuries. Names were not immediately released pending notification of family members.

Another person died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash 13 miles west of Martin in south-central South Dakota. The Highway Patrol said a subcompact car was westbound on U.S. Highway 18 around 5:45 p.m. Saturday when it crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound semi.

The 69-year-old man driving the car was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene. The truck driver was not injured. The victim’s name was not immediately released.