- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says three people were killed and three others were seriously injured in a head-on crash near Yankton.

Troopers say it happened Friday afternoon on Highway 81, north of the city.

The patrol says a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old Robin Mettler of Menno was traveling south on the highway when her car crossed into the northbound lane, striking a car carrying four people.

Trooper say 68-year-old Karol Aeschlimann of Hurley, 71-year-old Lila Rayburn of Hurley and 68-year-old Sandra Johnson of Parker died at the scene. Troopers say 69-yar-old Dennis Johnson of Parker suffered serious non-life threatening injuries.

Mettler and her 21-year-old passenger, Mary Mettler, also were seriously injured.

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