Two women were injured in Edmunds County on Aug. 31 when the horse-drawn cart they were traveling in was struck by a pickup truck.

The crash was at 7:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 12, mile marker 261, 1 mile west of Ipswich, according to Tony Mangan with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

The horse and cart, with a driver and two passengers, were eastbound on Highway 12, partially on the shoulder and partially on the eastbound lane, according to a crash report. A 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Brett Lueck, 29, of Sioux Falls was also eastbound and behind the cart.

The pickup swerved to miss the cart and clipped it with the right side of the pickup, according to the report. The cart overturned, ejecting all three from the cart and onto the highway.

The horse, still with the cart, continued eastbound where it was found in a farmyard south of Highway 12, according to the report.

The driver of the cart, a 49-year-old woman, was taken to an Aberdeen hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. A 69-year-old female passenger was also listed with serious, non-life-threatening injuries; a 2-year-old boy had minor injuries, according to the report. The report did not specify if the passengers were taken to a hospital.

Lueck was wearing a seat belt, and was not injured, according to the report. Charges are pending.

There are no charges pending against the driver of the cart.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.


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