(SD)-Hot Springs Woman ID'ed As Victim In Fatal MVA
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names from the Sunday afternoon accident on Highway 18 east of Oelrichs that claimed one life and left one person with life-threatening injuries.
72-year old Helen Iverson of Hot Springs was killed in the head-on collission 13 miles east of Oelrichs while 69-year old Richard Fritzler of Alliance received minor injuries and his 72-year old wife Barbara suffered life-threatening injuries.
The Highway Patrol says Iverson was westbound when her older model minivan crossed the centerline for an undetermined reason.
The Fritzlers were eastbound in a pickup and he tried to avoid the minivan by swinging into the opposite lane, but the vehicles collided as Iverson tried to move back into her lane.
Iverson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the season. The Fritzlers, who were wearing seatbelts, were taken by ambulance to the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs but Barbara Fritzler was later transferred to Rapid City Regional Hospital.
The accident closed Highway 18 for about 2 hours and the South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.
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