Four injured, two flown to Sioux Falls after head-on collision

Four injured, two flown to Sioux Falls after head-on collision
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Four people were injured – two of them later flown to Sioux Falls – when a Dodge Ram and Chevy Malibu collided head-on Wednesday night on an icy Highway 18.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported a 2009 Ram driven by Zachary Peterson, 21, of Milford, was driving west on Highway 18. The 2006 Malibu, driven by Lucio Pena, 27, of Spencer, was driving east.

According to the report, at about 7:10 p.m., the Malibu lost control on the completely ice-covered road near the 2500 block of Highway 18 and entered the west lane.

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The two vehicles then collided head-on.

First responders used “mechanical means” to remove Pena from the car, according to the report.

Pena and a passenger in the car were transported to Spencer Hospital by ambulance, then flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls.


A child in the car was believed to be uninjured, the accident report stated. The child was released to family at the hospital.

Petersen and a passenger were transported to Spencer Hospital and treated for injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Everly and Dickinson first responders, Spencer Fire Deparmtent and Spencer Ambulance assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Charges are pending, according to the report.


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