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Name Released in Harding County Fatal Crash


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

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


Name Released in Harding County Fatal Crash


What:             One-vehicle fatal crash

Where:           S.D. Highway 79, mile marker 225

25 miles northeast of Reva, S.D.

When:            11:15 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018


Driver:           Joe Vanhemert, 67, Odessa, TX, fatal injuries

Vehicle:         1990 Peterbilt 379


REVA, S.D. – An Odessa, Texas, man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Reva, S.D.


Joe Vanhemert, 67, was driving a 1990 Peterbilt 379 semi-truck and flatbed trailer northbound on Highway 79 when the passenger-side tires dropped off the east shoulder of the roadway. Vanhemert corrected the semi onto the roadway, but the trailer stayed in the ditch, causing the tractor-trailer combination to roll.


Vanhemert was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


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