Two die in weekend accidents

Two die in weekend accidents by David Lias A winter storm that swept across South Dakota last weekend contributed to two traffic deaths on icy highways.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol said Zachary Fortune, 21, died after his car slid on an overpass and rolled near Beresford on Saturday. Fortune was a student at The University of South Dakota.

Also Saturday, George Stanton, 65, of Burbank, died when the car in which he was riding hit an icy stretch of road near Elk Point and rolled. Stanton was thrown from the car. The driver was treated for injuries at a Sioux City, IA, hospital and released.

The powerful winter storm plowed across the Midwest over the weekend, leaving up to 8 inches of snow in some places on top of a glaze of ice. Strong winds made matters even more miserable in many places.

It is estimated that Vermillion received approximately 4 inches of snow. Yankton officially received 5 inches of snow over the weekend.

Winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour or higher continued to cause problems for drivers into Sunday. At times blowing snow reduced visibility to less than a quarter of a mile.

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