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Teacher traveling with family dies in SD crash

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal accident on Interstate 90 near Plakinton in southeast South Dakota on Monday afternoon. Traffic was backed up for a couple of miles as the vehicle was in the east bound lanes. Matt Gade / Forum News Service

PLANKINTON, S.D.—Authorities say a 52-year-old Bristol, Tenn., man died in a one-vehicle rollover crash earlier this week near Plankinton.

Andrew Perry, an elementary teacher, died when the 2004 Toyota Sequoia he was driving Monday crashed on Interstate 90. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety on Thursday released the names involved in the crash. Multiple news reports in Tennessee say Perry was traveling with his wife, Lyssa Perry, and four kids when the crash occurred.

Perry, the 2012 Teacher of the Year for Bristol Tennessee City Schools, died at the scene.

Authorities say he was wearing a seat belt.

"Mr. Andrew Perry has served the students and community of Anderson Elementary for over 13 years as a visionary and dedicated teacher," Ginger Christian, principal at Anderson Elementary, told the Bristol Herald Courier newspaper. "He had exceptional artistic gifts and always shared those gifts to create incredible classroom and school experiences that transformed a reading lesson into a lifetime memory."

The crash was three miles west of Plankinton.

Lyssa Perry, 51, and Cameron Perry, 18, sustained minor injuries. A 10-year-old female and 15-year-old male also received minor injuries. A 16-year-old male sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries. All occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts.

Authorities say Andrew Perry lost control of the westbound vehicle, which rolled across the median and came to rest on the eastbound lanes.

Interstate 90 eastbound was closed for several hours and traffic was rerouted.

South Dakota's Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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