2 killed in Box Elder crash involving semi, 2 motorcycles
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Two people were killed and two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.
According to Lt. Chris Misselt with the Box Elder Police Department, a man and woman one motorcycle were killed. A man and woman on another motorcycle were injured but not seriously.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 1416 and South Ellsworth Road.
The semi was southbound on South Ellsworth Road, turning onto Highway 1416. The motorcycles were heading west on Highway 1416. Witnesses say the motorcyclists didn’t slow down.
The bikes collided with the semi.
A middle-aged man was dead when first responders arrived. Medical crews tried to revive a middle-aged woman, but she was pronounced dead shortly after.
The man and woman on the other motorcycle were taken to Regional Health Rapid City Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.
Misselt said the victims appear to be from out of town, saying the crash was related to traffic for the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which begins Friday.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. The names of the people involved are not being released by state officials pending notification of family members.
Double fatal of two motorcyclists at intersection of Hwy 14-16 & S Ellsworth Road.
— Pennington County SO (@PennCoSheriff) August 2, 2018