BRANDON, SOUTH DAKOTA (LEARFIELD) – A 22-year-old Luverne woman was killed in a crash that shut down a portion of Interstate 90 west of Brandon, South Dakota earlier this week.
Brooke Thompson, of Luverne, was killed in the four-vehicle crash. Thompson was a 2018 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2013 GMC Terrain were all westbound on I-90 and slowing down as they were merging into one lane due to road construction. A 2011 Peterbilt Conventional box truck was also westbound and moved into the passing lane and struck the GMC Terrain. The truck then swerved back into the right lane and rear-ended the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The crash closed a portion of I-90 west of Brandon for a short time Tuesday.
Thompson was the driver of the Cherokee. The driver of the GMC Terrain suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and the driver of the truck sustained minor injuries – the other drivers were not injured.
Authorities say charges are pending against the truck driver.
Thompson was planning to attend graduate school at the University of South Dakota in August.