ETHAN, S.D. – A Mitchell, S.D., male 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, S.D., 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.
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.