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Highway Patrol identifies fatalities in accident south of Mitchell Wednesday

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Highway Patrol troopers from Minnesota and South Dakota are on Interstate 90 today in a joint high-visibility enforcement operation focused on stopping criminal activity and reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities.  (HP.SD.gov)
Highway Patrol troopers from Minnesota and South Dakota are on Interstate 90 today in a joint high-visibility enforcement operation focused on stopping criminal activity and reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities. (HP.SD.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - The Highway Patrol says two people died and a third was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident just south of Mitchell yesterday afternoon.

     The Patrol says 23 year old Sara Ann Claggett of Tripp was southbound on Highway 37 when her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and hit a truck driven by 82 year old Donald Julius Geidel of Dimock.

     Both vehicles caught on fire and both drivers died at the scene.

     Claggett’s  2 year old daughter was rescued by witnesses and she was transported to Sioux Falls where her injuries are listed as life-threatening.      

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