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Plankinton man found dead in rollover accident

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PLANKINTON -- A Plankinton man was found dead from a single-vehicle rollover when a sheriff's deputy happened upon the accident scene Friday morning.

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Erlin Juntunen, 42, was found dead at approximately 6:30 a.m. Friday one mile west of Plankinton on Old Highway 16, according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Nelson. He said the accident occurred shortly after 2 a.m.

"He was driving eastbound when his vehicle drifted into the westbound lane," Nelson said. "He over-corrected and the vehicle ended up rolling and flipping two times, going in the north-side road ditch."

Juntunen was driving a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, no seat belts were used and Nelson said speed may be a factor. The accident was found by Aurora County Sheriff's Deputy Dwight DeBoer.

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