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Names Released in Deuel County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

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


Names Released in Deuel County Fatal Crash


What:     Two-vehicle crash

Where:   SD Highway 22, mile marker 371

               One mile east of Clear Lake, S.D.

When:    8:14 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018


Driver No. 1:  Rodney Buffington, 56, Holland, MN, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2016 Peterbuilt Prostar


Driver No. 2: June Kallhoff, 83, Gary, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Celia Bouvette, 86, Gary, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1998 Lincoln Town Car


CLEAR LAKE, S.D.  – Two women from Gary, S.D., have been identified as those who were killed Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Clear Lake.


A 1998 Lincoln Town Car was westbound on South Dakota Highway 22 when the vehicle slid into the eastbound lane where it was hit by an on-coming 2016 Peterbuilt Prostar.


Both the driver, June Kallhoff, 83, and the passenger, Celia Bouvette, 86, were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. It is unknown at this time whether they were wearing seatbelts.


Rodney Buffington, 56, of Holland, MN, was the driver of the semi. He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Deuel County Sheriff’s Office.



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.