A 97 year old Corsica, South Dakota man died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Charles Mix County.
Preliminary crash information indicates Willard H. Barton, the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling eastbound on SD Hwy 44 about 2 miles east of Platte, SD. For unknown reasons Barton crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming 1994 Peterbilt tractor/trailer driven by Blake H. Veurink of Harrison, SD.
The semi entered the north ditch where it overturned onto its side and came to rest. The Chevrolet Avalanche came to rest in the middle of the highway facing a northerly direction. Mr. Barton was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Mr. Veurink was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.
The Highway Patrol is an agency of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.