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Union County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021

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


Union County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  Near intersection of 301st Street and 478th Avenue

              One mile west of Alcester, S.D.

When:   2:09 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, 2021


Driver No. 1: Thomas Sailor, 68, Alcester, S;D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2009 Arctic Cat ATV


ALCESTER, S.D., -- A 68-year-old man from Alcester, S.D., has died from injuries sustained in an ATV crash that occurred on Monday, Jan. 18, near Alcester.


A 2009 Arctic Cat ATV was westbound on 301st Street near the intersection with 478th Avenue when the driver lost control. The vehicle partially rolled and came to rest in the north ditch.


Thomas Sailor, who was the driver and lone occupant, was thrown from the vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Hawarden, Iowa and then was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital. He died on Tuesday, Jan. 19.


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.