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Florida man identified as fatal victim in semi-truck crash outside Bowdle

Curtis Baker, the 47-year-old driver of the semi-truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

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BOWDLE, S.D. — A Vero Beach, Florida, man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday, Sept. 7, in a two-vehicle crash east of Bowdle.

Authorities responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash at mile marker 236 on Highway 12, about four miles east of Bowdle at around 11:32 a.m.

Preliminary crash information indicated that a 1995 International 9400 straight truck was northbound on 330 Ave. when the driver failed to stop at the stop sign and attempted to cross U.S. Highway 12. The truck was then struck by a Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer that was heading west on U.S. Highway 12.

Curtis Baker, the 47-year-old driver of the semi-truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Steven Dupper of Herreid, was the driver of the straight truck. He was wearing a seatbelt and received minor injuries.

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Charges are pending against Dupper.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate. All information released thus far is preliminary.

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