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Hamlin County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 11, 2021

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


Hamlin County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 81

              Ten miles south of Watertown

When:   11:42 a.m., Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Driver No. 1: Female, 30, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2016 Chevy Impala


Driver No. 2: Male, 59, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2012 Dodge Charger


WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Watertown.


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


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2016 Chevy Impala was northbound on U.S. Highway 81 when the driver lost control, entered the southbound lane and collided with a 2012 Dodge Charger.


Both drivers, who were wearing seat belts, were taken by ambulance to the Watertown hospital. The 30-year-old female driver of the Chevy Impala later died as result of her injuries. The 59-year-old male driver of the Dodge Charger suffered serious non-life threatening injuries.


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.