Two Sioux Falls Residents Dead In SUV Versus Semi Crash Just Across State Line Near Casino

Date posted - March 14, 2013

fatal ambulance IILarchwood, Iowa — Two Sioux Falls residents are dead as the result of a semi versus SUV crash just into Iowa on Highway 9 by the casino.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:25 PM, Randy L. Gergen of Granville was northbound on Highway 9, driving a 2007 Peterbilt semi tractor and trailer, near the entrance for Grand Falls Casino. Charles J. Rice of Sioux Falls was southbound in a 2000 GMC Yukon.

Rice began turning into the Grand Falls Casino and drove in front of the semi. The semi was unable to stop and struck the Yukon. Both vehicles ended up in the east ditch.

Rice and his passenger, Kristin Ann Loudermilk, also of Sioux Falls, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Gergen did not report any injuries.

Responding to the call were Larchwood Emergency Medical Service, Larchwood Fire Department, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, The Iowa State Patrol, and The Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

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4 Responses to “Two Sioux Falls Residents Dead In SUV Versus Semi Crash Just Across State Line Near Casino”

  1. Randy says:

    The traffic situation there is terrible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone turn in front of me like that, or pull out of the parking lot right in front of me. I don’t understand why people seem to lose all common driving sense in that particular spot.

  2. Hadaway says:

    They really need to make the speed limit 35mph around that place.

    • 51234 says:

      Do you think that people will really follow the speed limit if it is not monitored? How about slow the traffic down through there AND put in a stop light.

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