A woman from Volga died and four people were injured when a driver ran a stop sign Friday night west of Flandreau.
Candice Petersen, 39, died at the scene of the crash at about 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of SD Highway 32 and 474th Avenue. She was a passenger in a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup. Three other people in the pickup were injured, as was the driver of the other vehicle.
Scott Schade, 48, of Volga, was driving the pickup east toward Flandreau on Highway 32, when Jeffrey Eitreim, 63, of Brandon, went through a stop sign headed north on the 474th Avenue gravel road, hitting the Schade vehicle, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Eitreim, who was driving a 2017 Ford F-150, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Flandreau hospital where he was then airlifted by helicopter to Sioux Falls. He was alone in his pickup.
Schade received serious non-life-threatening injuries, as did a 15-year-old female passenger. Both were taken by ambulance to Sioux Falls. A 39-year-old male passenger had minor injuries, and a 10-year-old boy received no injuries, the state said in a news release.
Everyone was wearing seatbelts.
The people in Shade’s pickup were on their way to Flandreau to eat at Mad Mary’s, said Moody County Sheriff Troy Wellman. He did not know where the driver of the other vehicle was going. No vehicle speeds at the time of the accident have been released.
There were about 30 people helping with the accident, Wellman said. When the two vehicles collided, they ended up in the ditch and on property at the northeast corner of the intersections.
The Highway was closed for about two hours after the crash, he said.
A helicopter initially arrived at the scene but did not make a transport, Wellman said. It was later called back to Flandreau for Eitreim.
Moody County Ambulance sent both ambulances to the scene, and rescue workers from the Flandreau Fire Department, the Colman Fire Department, the Moody County Sheriff’s Office, Flandreau Police Department, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Police and the Highway Patrol responded. The sheriff and highway patrol send multiple cars.
After the accident scene was cleared, a chaplain met with several emergency responders who had provided medical care to the accident victims, Wellman said. “When it was all said and done, we had a small debrief,” he said.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.