2 die in crash on I-29 near Beresford Thursday

BERESFORD, S.D. – Authorities say two people died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 north of Beresford.

Names of the deceased, along with the name of the other driver, are not being released pending notification of family members.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup was northbound on I-29 when the driver lost control. The vehicle left the roadway, rolled through the median and across the southbound lanes landing on top of a southbound 2003 Volvo xc70.

The 79-year-old male driver of the Volvo was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt. The 78-year-old female passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was later pronounced dead at a Sioux Falls hospital, according to the DPS.

Charges are pending against the 38-year-old male driver of the pickup. He was wearing a seatbelt and was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital for treatment of serious non-life threatening injuries.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lennox Fire and Rescue, Worthing Fire Rescue, Lincoln County Emergency Management and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.