Four people were killed and a fifth seriously injured in a crash in South Dakota, the State Highway Patrol said.
The patrol said a Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with a Chrysler Sebring at the intersection of Interstates 46 and 50 west of Wagner at around 6 pm. Authorities said the car then fell into a pit that caught fire.
The death of the 64-year-old woman who was driving the sports car was announced at the scene. A 31-year-old woman driving the other car along with two of its passengers – a 28-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man – were taken to a hospital in Wagner where they were pronounced dead.
A 27-year-old man in Sebring suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and was rushed to a hospital in Sioux Falls.
The authorities have not released the names of those involved in the accident. None of them appeared to be wearing seat belts, the patrol said.
On Wednesday, Tony Mangan, a spokesperson for the State Department for Public Safety, said there was nothing in the crash report that indicated weather was a factor in the collision.