Seven people injured in four-car accident on Highway 44
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A four-car accident involving 10 people shut down East Highway 44 for about an hour on Saturday.
According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2005 Ford Escape four people was Southbound on Airport Road just before 12:30. It then ran a stop sign and broadsided a 1986 Ford F-350 pickup heading East on Highway 44. That truck had three people inside.
All four occupants of the Ford Escape sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. According to police, two people inside the car were wearing seat belts and two were not. In the F-350, one male and two females received serious, non-life threatening injuries.
The Escape and the F-350 then went into the roadway and hit two different Subaru station wagons. The occupants of those vehicles received minor injuries.
The whole crash closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 44 for about an hour.
The driver of the Ford, 39-year-old Faith Campbell of Sturgis is facing charges from the incident.
NewsCenter1 is at the scene of a multiple vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 44 and Airport Road. Rapid City Fire Department, Highway Patrol, police and other units are on the scene.
Eastbound traffic has been cut off about a half mile from the accident. Newscenter1 will bring you more details as they develop. Calvin Cutler will also be going live from the scene momentarily.
UPDATE: Authorities say there have been multiple injuries and that they are in the process of extracting victims from the wreckage.
The extent of injuries is unknown.
UPDATE: All lanes of traffic are now open.