Brentford woman identified in fatal crash near Wallace

WALLACE, S.D.(Press Release) –  A Brentford, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred near Wallace.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2019 GMC Terrain SUV was westbound on South Dakota Highway 20, near the intersection with 436th Avenue, when the vehicle crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 2019 Kenworth Semi-tractor and trailer.

Jacklyn Fortin, the 32-year-old driver of the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her seatbelt use is under investigation.

Joshua Gates of Gilman, Iowa, 33, was the driver of the semi-tractor trailer. He was not injured and was wearing a seatbelt.

That section of Highway 20 was closed to traffic for about five hours.

South Dakota’s 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.