8 hospitalized after 14-year-old falls asleep at wheel

TYNDALL, S.D. — Eight people were hospitalized following a one-vehicle rollover in Bon Homme County on Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened two miles north of Tyndall at around 4:35 p.m. Authorities say a 14-year-old male was driving a 1994 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when he fell asleep at the wheel.

The vehicle drifted into the west ditch and then rolled multiple times.

There were seven other occupants in the SUV besides the teen driver — including six juveniles and one 36-year-old adult male. All eight occupants were transported to a hospital in Tyndall.

The 14-year-old boy was not wearing a seat belt, the Daily Republic reports, and sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries according to KSFY news.

The adult, Michael Boyle of Parkston, was not wearing a seat belt and was later airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital for non-life threatening injures.

At least two other passengers sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries, including a 10-year-old male and a 13-year-old female. Authorities say the two were wearing seat belts.

An 8-month-old girl, and three girls ages 8,7 and 5 were also in the vehicle. The extent of their injuries and whether they were wearing seat belts is unknown at this time.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash and charges are pending.



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