ELKTON, S.D — The state Department of Public Safety has identified the man who died Monday, June 24, in a two-vehicle crash in Brookings County near the Minnesota border.
Robert Rochel, 69, of Elkton was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash occurred when a 2004 Ford F-150 Pickup driven by Rochel made a U-turn at the intersection of 484th Avenue and state Highway 13. The pickup truck then crossed the center line into the path of a 1998 Ford Conventional semi truck and pup trailer loaded with gravel traveling the opposite direction.
The pickup collided with the pup trailer and then went into the north ditch.
Rochel was not wearing a seat belt.
The semi's driver, Gerrit Slegers, 69, of Benton, Minn., was not injured.