Authorities record 4 fatalities during Sturgis rally

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STURGIS, SD – AUGUST 5: Bikers ride during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally August 5, 2003 on the outskirts of Sturgis, South Dakota. The weeklong event is expected to draw an estimated 500,000 people to Sturgis, a town of 6,000 residents in the southwestern corner of the state. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have recorded four fatalities during this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally began Aug. 6 and concludes Sunday.

The Rapid City Journal reports that state Department of Safety data shows two deaths occurred on Saturday, one when a 66-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle in Sturgis and hit a curb, the other when a driver failed to negotiate a curve on U.S. Highway 14A just east of Sturgis.

A 46-year-old female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday also saw five crashes involving serious injuries, bringing the total number of injury crashes during the rally to 60.

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