ESTELLINE – One person died Thursday afternoon in a crash involving a semi-truck and a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) about a half-mile north of Estelline, in Hamlin County, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
Scott Thompson, 52, from Estelline, was driving a 2018 Polaris Ranger Crew 1000 EPS UTV. The name of the other driver was not released by the state Highway Patrol. They were the only people involved.
Both vehicles were northbound on 465th Avenue just after 5 p.m. Thursday. A loaded 2000 Peterbilt Conventional 379 DS semi-truck and trailer driven by a 79-year-old man entered the southbound lane to pass the UTV. While the semi-truck was attempting to pass the UTV, the UTV suddenly moved into the southbound lane. The semi-truck attempted to avoid the crash by swerving into the west ditch, but it struck the left front corner of the UTV.
Thompson 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.
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.
The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
– From the Department of Public Safety