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Meade County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, July 18, 2020

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


Meade County Fatal Crash


WHAT:  Two-vehicle crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 34, mile marker 75

              Five miles west of Union Center, S.D.

When:   7:42 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2020


Driver No 1: Male, 26, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1998 Honda Civic


Driver No. 2: Male, 57, No Injuries

Vehicle: 1996 Peterbilt Tractor Trailer



UNION CENTER, S.D. – One person died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Union Center.


Names of the two drivers are not yet being released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved.


A 1998 Honda Civic was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it crossed the center line and into the path of a 1996 Peterbilt Tractor Trailer pulling an empty gravel trailer. The two vehicles collided.


The 26-year-old male driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The 57-year-old male driver of the tractor trailer, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured.


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.