Minnesota woman killed in 4-vehicle crash in South Dakota

The 22-year-old was a popular figuring skater and coach.
Publish date:

A young Minnesota woman died in a four-vehicle crash in eastern South Dakota on Tuesday. 

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Brooke Thompson, 22, of Luverne, was killed in the crash on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon, South Dakota. 

The crash report indicates that three vehicles – Chevy Impala, Jeep Grand Cherokee and GMC Terrain – were traveling west on I-90 and nearly stopped where traffic was merging for construction ahead when a box truck hit the Terrain and then rear-ended the Cherokee, then pushed the Impala into the median. 

Thompson was driving the Grand Cherokee and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Two other drivers were injured in the crash and charges are pending, according to the Argus Leader, which notes that Thompson was on her way to a interview for an internship related to her interest in social work, which she studied at Southwest Minnesota State University. 

Thompson was also well known in Luverne as a figure skater and skating coach. 

"She was a leader, a great performer, coach, and a friend. Brooke was never afraid to try new skills and worked until she got it right," said Blue Mound Figure Skaters, a team she skated competitively with and most recently worked as a coach. 

A scholarship fund has been set up via a GoFundMe campaign in her name. As of Friday afternoon, nearly $4,000 had been raised for future participants at Blue Mound Figure Skaters. 

Next Up

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph sends farewell to Vikings fans in Players Tribune piece

"Every season I played here, every game I played here — you all believed."

Megan Ryan

Star Tribune's Megan Ryan named new Twins beat reporter

Ryan replaces LaVelle E. Neal who is now in a columnist role.

minnetonka MME

Minnetonka in spotlight after teacher threatened for discussing Black trans woman

Parents and community members are calling on the district to do better and will hold a march prior to the school board meeting on Thursday.

Richard Pitino

Talk grows that this season will be Pitino's last at Gophers

A report says Pitino's tenure could be "down to his final games."

Screen Shot 2021-03-02 at 1.40.17 PM

Two gas trucks collide in Stearns County, neither explodes

The unlikely collision happened Monday afternoon.

unnamed (1)

MSP Airport expecting spring break to be busiest period since pandemic began

Passenger numbers will still be about a third lower than a year ago, though.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.

starbucks wayzata

100% plant-based restaurant coming to Wayzata this spring

The restaurant has plans to add additional locations in Minnesota this summer and franchise nationwide.

Patric Richardson

'Laundry Evangelist' from St. Paul gets his own Discovery+ show

Patric Richardson has built a career around the appreciation and care of clothing.


Minnesota woman dies in Wisconsin motorcycle crash

The 48-year-old woman was from Ramsey, Minnesota.

Carter M. Braun

Hockey community mourning 15-year-old killed in crash

The Minnesota teenager was a rising star on the Luverne High School team.

1 dead in 2-vehicle crash south of the Twin Cities

The crash happened in Lonsdale just prior to 5:30 p.m. Monday.