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Names Released in Marshall County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 16, 2017

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196



Names Released in Marshall County Fatal Crash


What:      Two Vehicle Crash

Where:   418th Ave. and 122nd St.

                Two miles west and two miles north of Langford, S.D.

When:    3:53 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Driver No. 1:  Miranda Tunheim, 27, Langford, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers: Mayah Grey Buffalo, 8 months old, Langford, S.D., Fatal Injuries

                        Zayne Tunheim, 7 years old, Langford, S.D., Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2004 Pontiac Grand Am


Driver No. 2: Margaret Swanson, 48, Langford, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2015 Cadillac SRX


LANGFORD, S.D. – Names have now been released of those involved in Tuesday’s two-vehicle crash near Langford that killed an infant and injured three others.


All four people were from Langford.


A 2004 Pontiac Grand Am was eastbound on 122nd Street when it failed to yield at the uncontrolled intersection. The vehicle collided with a 2015 Cadillac SRX going north on 418th Avenue.


All three occupants in the Grand Am were injured. That included the deceased, Mayah Grey Buffalo, eight months old, who was in the back seat; Miranda Tunheim, 27, the driver who suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and Zayne Tunheim, seven years old, the front-seat passenger who sustained life-threatening injuries.


Both injured occupants were taken by ambulance to an Aberdeen hospital. Seatbelt usage by the three remains under investigation.


Margaret Swanson, 48, was driving the other vehicle and suffered minor injuries. She was taken to a hospital in Britton by her husband. She was wearing a seatbelt.


Charges are pending against the driver of the Grand Am.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County Ambulance and Langford Fire and Rescue.



The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.




Note: Records of state-reportable crashes are now available at http://www.safesd.gov/  Records should be available about 10 days after the investigation is complete.