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.


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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