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Man, 81, dies when his ATV collides with semi in south-central SD

GREGORY, S.D. –An 81-year-old man died early Saturday evening, June 9, in an ATV-semi truck collision about 26 miles north of Gregory in south-central South Dakota.

The man’s name is not being released pending notification of family, The semi driver involved was not injured.

The South Dakota State Patrol said a 2018 Polaris Ranger XP 900 ATV was northbound on South Dakota Highway 47 when the driver started to slow down as he neared an intersection to make a turn. A northbound 2011 Freightliner semi truck, hauling a flatbed full of concrete culverts, began to merge into the passing lane to avoid hitting the ATV, but the ATV driver also merged into the passing lane as he started to make a left-hand turn. The two vehicles tjem collided.

The 81-year-old man was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The 30-year-old male driver of the semi, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.

The  Patrol is investigating the crash.

Just last week, there was a another crash involving a side-by-side UTV accident in nearby Kennebec. James Schaefer, who spent the past eight years as a South Dakota state representative, was one of two people killed on the UTV in a crash with a car..Schaefer, 79,  was a Republican who worked as a rancher, representing citizens in Brule, Buffalo, Jones and Lyman counties.