• October 20, 2022

One Killed in Crossover Crash with 18-Wheeler on Highway 20 near Wallace, SD

Wallace, SD — October 18, 2022, a 32-year-old woman died when her SUV collided with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 20 near Wallace.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday morning along SD-20. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a GMC Terrain SUV west on the highway when she may have lost control for unknown reasons. The SUV crossed over the center line in the oncoming lane, after which it crashed head-on with an eastbound Kenworth 18-wheeler.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Crossover Accident on SD-20 near Wallace

It's important to keep an open mind and investigate carefully after just about any crash, as it may not be as straightforward as it seems. Even with something like an alleged crossover wreck, steps should be taken to ensure all the facts are truly clear.

For example, I handled a similar accident not long ago in which a victim was thought to have crossed left of center and fatally crashed with a big rig. Our independent experts looked again on the victim's behalf, though, and found police actually made a mistake. The truck driver actually drifted left of center first when he fell asleep. The victim swerved left to avoid the big rig but the truck driver woke up and corrected course at the same time, causing the vehicles to crash in the truck's lane. Police just found both vehicles in that lane and assumed the victim crossed over and was to blame.

One Killed in Crossover Crash with 18-Wheeler on SD-20 near Wallace

I'm not suggesting the same thing happened in South Dakota, only pointing out that authorities aren't always as thorough as folks may believe. That can mean crucial details slip through the cracks, which is never a good thing for victims and families in search of answers. Having experienced independent investigators look into things could be a major step in getting what facts and help can be had.

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