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

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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