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Name released in fatal crash near Ethan

South Dakota Highway Patrol continuing investigation

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ETHAN, S.D. — A Mitchell teen has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash north of Ethan.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2008 Ford-250 pickup was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 and in the wrong lane when it collided with a northbound 2018 Kenworth Construction T800 semi-truck and trailer. The enclosed trailer contained cabinets.

Benjamin Waldner, the 16-year-old driver of the pickup, was pronounced dead at the scene. Rickey Nelsen of Vermillion, South Dakota, 73, was the driver of the semi-truck. He received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to a Mitchell hospital. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The crash occurred at approximately 5:26 p.m. on South Dakota Highway 37 near mile marker 66, about four miles north of Ethan.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

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The Highway Patrol is an agency of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

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