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Hughes County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 7, 2017

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648


Hughes County Fatal Crash


What:  Two-vehicle crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 14, Mile Marker 254

              Four miles east of Blunt

When:   9:23 a.m., July 7, 2017


Driver No. 1: Male, 74, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKX


Driver No. 2: Female, 65, Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2012 Chevrolet Malibu


BLUNT, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday morning east of Blunt.


The person’s name is not being released pending notification of family members. 


A 2010 Lincoln MKX was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 14 near mile marker 254. A 2012 Chevrolet Malibu was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 at the same location. The Lincoln drifted across the center line, collided head-on with the Malibu, and rolled.


The Lincoln’s 74-year-old male driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a Pierre hospital. She was wearing a seat belt.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks, Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, American Medical Response/Pierre, Blunt Fire Department and Harrold Rural Fire Department.


An approximate location on the crash can be found at: Hughes County Fatal Crash


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