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Aurora County Fatal Crash


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 24, 2019

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


 Aurora County Fatal Crash

What:    Two-vehicle crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 281, mile marker 71

              Two miles east of Plankinton, S.D.

When:    2:40 p.m. Friday June 21, 2019


Driver No. 1: Male, 68, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passenger: Male, 79, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer


Driver No. 2:  Male, 77, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2012 Ford F250 Pickup


PLANKINTON S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon near Plankinton.


The drivers of both vehicles also were injured. The names of the three people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.


A 2012 Ford F250 pickup was northbound on U.S. Highway 281 when a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer failed to yield after stopping at stop sign while going east on South Dakota Highway 16. The two vehicles collided and the Trailblazer went into the east ditch.


All three occupants suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. The 79-year-old passenger of the Trailblazer died Monday, June 24.


The two occupants in the Trailblazer were wearing seatbelts. The driver of the pickup was not. 


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.