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Names Released in Bennett County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 2, 2018

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


Names Released in Bennett County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-vehicle crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 73, mile marker 26

               15 miles south of Long Valley, S.D.

When:    8:55 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2018


Driver No. 1: Tagg Petrak, 21, Martin, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 1996 Kenworth T600 semi truck and trailer


Driver No. 2: Joshua Flockhart, 27, Box Elder, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Male, 9, Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Pickup


LONG VALLEY, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning south of Long Valley.


A 1996 Kenworth T600 semi-truck and trailer was southbound on South Dakota Highway 73 and was preparing to make a right-hand turn into a field. A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup, which also was southbound, struck the rear of the trailer.


Joshua Flockhart, 27, was driving the pickup. He had to be extricated and was taken to the Bennett County hospital where he later was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seatbelt.


A nine-year-old male, who was a passenger in the pickup, suffered minor injuries. Tagg Petrak, 21, of Martin, S.D., was the driver of the semi truck. He was not injured. Both were wearing seatbelts.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.



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.