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3 dead, 1 seriously injured in 2-vehicle crash in northeastern South Dakota


MINA, South Dakota — Three people are dead and one is seriously injured following a two-vehicle crash in northeastern South Dakota.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident occurred Sunday near the Mina overpass.

Authorities say a sport utility vehicle was traveling east on U.S. Highway 12 when 62-year-old driver Charles Neuharth lost control, crossed the center line and collided almost head on with a westbound car driven by 23-year-old Shelby Thayer.

Both drivers were killed as was 86-year-old Frieda Trautman, who was a passenger in the SUV. The Highway Patrol says a second passenger in the SUV, 62-year-old Marilyn Neuharth, sustained life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the three occupants of the SUV, all from Eureka, were wearing seatbelts. Thayer, of Aberdeen, was not.

The Highway Patrol says the incident remains under investigation.

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