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McCook County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

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


McCook County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-vehicle crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 38, mile marker 331

              One mile west of Salem, S.D.

When:   5:48 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019


Driver No. 1: Female, 72. Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passenger: Female, 85, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2013 Chrysler Town and Country


Driver No. 2: Male, 28, No Injuries

Vehicle: 1998 John Deere 7810 Tractor


SALEM, S.D. – One person has died as a result of injuries suffered in a vehicle-tractor crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon west of Salem.


One other person was injured. The names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members.


A 1998 John Deere 7810 tractor was westbound of South Dakota Highway 38 when it was struck from behind by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The tractor had on its flashing rear amber lights. The collision resulted in the tractor overturning onto its passenger’s side and the other vehicle coming to rest in the center of both lanes of Highway 38.


Both passengers of the minivan were injured. The 85-year-old female passenger of the Town and Country was airlifted to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls. She died Thursday, Jan. 17.  The 72-year-old female driver suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.


The 28-year-old male driver of the tractor was not injured. .


All three persons involved were wearing seatbelts.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate 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.