Fatal Crash

BROWNS VALLEY, S.D. – One person died and three others were seriously injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Browns Valley. Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members.

 A 2012 Toyota RAV4 was southbound on Valley Avenue traveling around a curve when it drifted across the center and collided head-on with a northbound 2000 Kenworth W900 semi-truck.

 The Toyota went into the west ditch and rolled. The 35-year-old female driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 All three passengers, ages 36, 27 and 20, sustained life-threatening injuries. Two of the passengers were transported to Sioux Falls and the other to Fargo, N.D. Seatbelt use by the three passengers is under investigation.

The 37-year-old male driver of the semi-truck received minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.