Six confirmed casualties in Hwy 44 head-on collision

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Near Wanblee, S.D. -According to Pennington County Fire administrator, Jerome Harvey, a vehicle heading west bound on Highway 44 crossed into the east bound lane and collided head-on with a semi-tractor trailer Saturday evening, resulting in six casualties. 

Four out of the five people killed in the vehicle were family members of Wanblee Volunteer Fire Department's Chief, Jon Siedschlaw. 

The five passengers of the vehicle were,Wanblee Volunteer Firefighter, Ashton Standing Bear, 21, son, Jaceya Cummings,7, granddaughter, Micah Cummings, 5, granddaughter, Devin Conquering Bear, age unknown, and girlfriend of Conquering Bear, Tawni Wilcox,30,daughter, who was six months pregnant, bringing the total amount of casualties to six. 

 A 16 month old baby boy, son of Tawni Wilcox, and grandson of Chief Siedchlaw was the only survivor from the vehicle. He was airlifted by Black Hills Life Flight to Rapid City Regional Hospital with a broken collarbone and a fractured skull. According to law enforcement on-scene, the baby was strapped in a car seat. 

The driver and passenger of the semi-tractor trailer were uninjured. 

An active investigation is still underway. Wanblee's Volunteer Fire Departments territory will be taken over by Interior, Kadoka, and Long Valley Volunteer Fire Departments. 

Details on funeral services for Firefighter Ashton Sanding Bear along with a Fire Service Line up in support of Chief Siedschlaw, his family and the Wanblee Fire Department will be announced soon. 

Cards, Flowers, etc. can be mailed, sent or dropped off to the Interior Fire Department located at:

117 6th Ave. 

Interior, SD 57750. 

Their Post office Box will also be receiving sent mail at: 

C/O Wanblee VFD

PO BOX 35 

Interior SD 57750-0035 


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