- Associated Press - Monday, July 31, 2017

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a Wessington Springs grandfather and grandson who died in a two-vehicle crash in Jerauld County.

The Highway Patrol says 75-year-old Donald Wetzel was driving a pickup truck that crossed the center line on state Highway 34 and collided with a large truck shortly before noon Thursday.

The pickup went into the ditch and started on fire, about 8 miles west of Wessington Springs. Wetzel and 30-year-old passenger Matthew Wetzel both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The 52-year-old man driving the large truck was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital with what authorities said were life-threatening injuries.


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