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Gregory County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, May 23, 2020

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


Gregory County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S Highway 18, mile marker 289

              Three miles east of Burke, S.D.

When:   7:23 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2020


Driver No 1:  Male, 16, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1996 Chrysler Eagle Vision


Driver No. 2: Male, 29, Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup


BURKE, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday night east of Burke.


Names of the two people have not yet been released pending notification of family members. They were the only persons involved.


A 1996 Chrysler Eagle Vision was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 18 when it crossed the center line and collided head on with a westbound 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup hauling a flatbed trailer.


The 16-year-old male driver of the Chrysler was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.


Sustaining life-threatening injuries was the 29-year-old male driver of the pickup. He was transferred by ambulance to the Burke hospital and then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.


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.