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Names Released in Davison County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2017

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


Names Released in Davison County Fatal Crash


What:     Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:   Interstate 90, Mile marker 333

               One mile east of Mitchell, S.D.

When:    8:05 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017


Driver 1: Brent Klinger, 37, Mitchell, S.D., Minor Injuries

Passengers: Ashley Klinger, 33, Mitchell, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

                      Female, 13, No Injuries

                      Female, 10, Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Durango


Driver 2: Tracy Morehead, 39, Spencer, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Impala


MITCHELL, S.D. – A Spencer, S.D. man officially has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a fatal crash east of Mitchell.


A 2014 Dodge Durango was westbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 333 when it hit six cows that had entered the roadway from the north ditch. The vehicle came to a stop in the passing lane.


There were four occupants in the vehicle, all wearing seatbelts. The driver and front passenger were able to get one of the children in the backseat out of the vehicle before a westbound 2002 Chevrolet Impala collided with the rear of the Durango.


Two of the Durango passengers were transported by ambulance to the Mitchell hospital. Ashley Klinger, 33, Mitchell, S.D., sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. A 10-year-old old female received life-threatening injuries and was later airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.


Tracy Morehead, 39, was the driver of the Chevrolet Impala, He was transported to the Mitchell hospital where he later died of his injuries. Morehead was not wearing a seatbelt.


A separate crash also occurred near the initial crash scene when a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix rear-ended a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup which had slowed down while approaching the first crash scene. Both vehicles were westbound. All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seatbelts. The front seat passenger of the Pontiac Grand Prix was transported to the Mitchell hospital as a precaution.


Interstate 90 at mile marker 335 was closed for about two hours. Six dead cattle were found at the scene of the crash.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Davison County Sheriff’s Office, Hanson County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell Police Department, Mitchell Ambulance, Mitchell Fire Department and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.


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.