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Names Released In Meade County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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


Names Released In 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: Blake Williams, 26, Piedmont, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1998 Honda Civic


Driver No. 2: Melvin Frank, 57, Lemmon, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 1996 Peterbilt Tractor Trailer



UNION CENTER, S.D. – A Piedmont, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Union Center.


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.


Blake Williams, the 26-year-old driver of the Honda Civic, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.


Melvin Frank of Lemmon, S.D. was the 57-year-old driver of the tractor trailer. He was wearing a seat belt and 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.