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Names Released In Beadle County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Contact: Tony Mangan, 605-280-5648


Names Released In Beadle County Fatal Crash


WHAT: Two-Vehicle Crash

WHERE: U.S. Highway 281, mile marker 108

                13 miles south of Wolsey, S.D.

WHEN: 1 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 2021


Driver No. 1: Kenneth Bignell, 66, Letcher, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited


Driver No. 2: John Trautman, 77, Rockham, S.D., Fatal

Vehicle: 1993 Chevrolet CK 109 Pickup


WOLSEY, S.D. — A Rockham, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Wolsey.


Preliminary information indicates that a 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited was southbound on U.S. Highway 281. It collided with a northbound 1993 Chevrolet CK 109 pickup that was initially in the wrong lane.


John Trautman, the 77-year-old driver of the pickup, was taken to the Huron Hospital via ambulance where he died. He was not wearing a seat belt.


Kenneth Bignell of Letcher, 66, was the driver of the Buick. He suffered minor injuries and also was transported to the Huron hospital. He was wearing a seat belt.


That area of U.S. Highway 281 was closed to traffic for about five hours following the crash.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. All information is preliminary at this time.


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.