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Three people were hospitalized after a horse-drawn carriage was struck by a motor vehicle Sunday night about one mile northwest of Tripp. (Jake Shama / Republic)

3 seriously injured when vehicle crashes into horse-drawn carriage

TRIPP, S.D. — Three people suffered serious injuries Sunday night, May 14, after a vehicle crashed into a horse-drawn carriage near Tripp in southeast South Dakota, authorities said.

Three passengers from the carriage were transported to a Parkston hospital by Tripp Ambulance, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Authorities said a 2001 Ford Taurus, believed to be traveling approximately 65 mph, struck the carriage at the intersection of Highway 37 and Highway 18, about one mile northwest of Tripp. The crash occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Officials said the Taurus was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37. The horse-drawn carriage was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18, stopped at stop sign and began to cross the intersection, when the collision occurred. The car hit the rear end of the horse-drawn carriage, ejecting all three occupants.

The driver of the horse-drawn carriage was Amos Borntreger, 41, of Tripp. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. There were two passengers, 20-year-old Katie Borntreger, who sustained life-threatening injuries, and 18-year-old Esther Borntreger, who suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries. Katie Borntreger was later airlifted from Parkston to a Sioux Falls hospital, about 80 miles northwest.

The driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old woman who was wearing her seat belt, was uninjured, according to the Department of Public Safety. There are no charges pending against her.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.