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Names Released in Miner County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

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


Names Released in Miner County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 34, mile marker 359

              Seven miles west of Howard, S.D.

When:   9:10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019


Driver No. 1: Roman Flora, 35, Valley Springs, S.D.,  Fatal Injuries
Vehicle: 2016 Freightliner Sprinter 3500 box truck


Driver No. 2: Herman Wipf, 51, Brandon, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2019 Kenworth W900 truck


HOWARD, S.D. – A Valley Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Thursday in a two-vehicle crash west of Howard.


A 2019 Kenworth W900 truck, pulling a grain trailer, was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 near the intersection of South Dakota Highway 25. It was struck by a 2016 Freightliner Sprinter 3500 box truck that was northbound on South Dakota Highway 25 and failed to stop at the stop sign.


Roman Flora, the 35-year-old male driver of the box truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, 51-year-old Herman Wipf of Brandon, was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.


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.