MITCHELL, S.D. — Authorities say the man who died in an interstate crash near Mitchell was a firefighter for two area communities.

The Daily Republic reported Monday that Tracy Morehead died in Saturday’s crash on Interstate 90. He was a firefighter for Salem and Spencer.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a Dodge Durango was westbound when it struck six cows that had wandered onto the interstate. The SUV came to a stop in the passing lane and was struck from the rear by a Chevrolet Impala driven by Morehead. The 39-year-old man died at a Mitchell hospital.

A 10-year-old girl who was a passenger in the Durango suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. A 33-year-old woman in the SUV was seriously injured.

Information from: The Daily Republic,

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