ESTELLINE, S.D. – One person died Thursday afternoon in a crash involving a semi-truck and a utility terrain vehicle north of Estelline.

Both vehicles were northbound on 465th Avenue. A loaded semi-truck and trailer entered the southbound lane to pass the UTV. While the semi-truck was trying to pass, the UTV suddenly moved into the southbound lane. The semi attempted to avoid the crash by swerving into the west ditch, but it struck the left front corner of the UTV.

The 52-year-old male driver of the UTV was not wearing a seat belt or helmet. He was thrown from the vehicle and later died from his injuries at the Watertown hospital. The 79-year-old male driver of the semi-truck, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured.

Names are not yet being released pending notification of family members.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.


July 20, 2020