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Box Elder man identified following head-on crash in Whitewood

The 51-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and had to be extricated from his vehicle.

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WHITEWOOD, S.D. — A Box Elder, S.D., man died following a two-vehicle crash in Whitewood on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Authorities responded to reports at 5:45 p.m. of a two-vehicle crash on South Dakota Highway 34, within Whitewood city limits at mile marker 27.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2005 Dode Durango was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it left the roadway to the south, crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a westbound 2015 Ford F350 pickup and trailer.

Buddy King, the 51-year-old driver of the Durango, was not wearing a seatbelt. He was extricated from his vehicle and flown to a Rapid City hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

The four occupants of the pickup were wearing seatbelts and reported no injuries.

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South Dakota Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the crash. All information released thus far is only preliminary.

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The South Dakota Highway Patrol indicated that road conditions are thought to have contributed to the crash.

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