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Union County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021

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


Union County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  Interstate 29, mile marker 13

              Two miles south of Elk Point, S.D.

When:   6:20 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, 2021


Driver No. 1: Male, 57, Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Female, 58, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2014 Ford F-150 Pickup


Driver No. 2: Male, 49, Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2016 GMC Yukon


ELK POINT, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured Friday night in a two-vehicle crash south of Elk Point.


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


A 2014 Ford F-150 pickup was southbound when the driver lost control due to icy road conditions. The vehicle went across the median and into the northbound lanes where it collided head-on with a northbound 2016 GMC Yukon.


The 57-year-old male driver of the pickup was partially ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 58-year-old female passenger of the pickup suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Vermillion hospital.


The 49-year-old male driver of the Yukon sustained life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a Sioux City, Iowa hospital.


All three people involved were wearing seat belts.


That northbound section of Interstate 29 was closed to traffic for about three hours. Traffic was rerouted through the Jefferson Port of Entry.


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.