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Salem woman identified as victim of fatal crash in Hanson County

The driver lost control of the vehicle on loose gravel, causing the truck to roll.

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FARMER, S.D. — A Salem woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Farmer.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, authorities in Hanson county were called to 252 Street for a report of a single-vehicle crash.

Preliminary crash information released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicates that a 2004 Dodge pickup was westbound on 252 Street near 428 Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle on loose gravel.

The vehicle went into the north ditch and rolled.

Donna Ratliff, the 50-year-old driver, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.


Summer Ratliff, a 24-year-old passenger from Salem, S.D., was partially ejected from the vehicle. She suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Neither person was wearing a seat belt.

Authorities continue to investigate the crash.

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