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Codington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

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


Codington County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 20, mile marker 393

              A quarter mile northwest of Watertown, S.D.

When:   6:56 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, 2021


Driver No. 1: Male, 21, Fatal Injuries
Vehicle: 2009 Ford Focus


Driver No. 2: Male, 57, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2020 Cascadia Freightliner


WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash northwest of Watertown.


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


A 2009 Ford Focus was westbound on South Dakota Highway 20 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound 2020 Cascadia Freightliner. Both vehicles went into the north ditch.


The 21-year-old male driver of the Ford Focus was pronounced dead at the scene. The 57-year-old male driver of the Freightliner was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.


That portion of Highway 20 was closed for 3 ½ hours.


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.