2 teens killed, three others injured in South Dakota crash

TULARE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed two teenagers and seriously injured three other people.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan says the crash happened Sunday night near Tulare.

A 2007 Chevrolet Impala was northbound on U.S. Highway 281 when it crossed the centerline and struck head-on a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 281. Both female occupants of the Impala were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was 15 years old and the passenger 18 years old. Both were wearing seat belts.

All three occupants of the pickup received serious non-life threatening injuries. Both male passengers, ages 29 and 65, were taken to the Huron hospital and later airlifted to Sioux Falls. The 28-year-old female driver was taken to the Huron hospital. Two of the three occupants were wearing seat belts; the 65-year-old passenger was not.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.

A Facebook post by the Ipswich Public Schools says classes were delayed until mid-morning so students could take time to grieve the loss of “two beautiful young people taken far too soon.”

Clergy and counselors were made available to students. Ipswich is about 73 miles (117 kilometers) north of Tulare.

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