Sioux Falls men identified in fatal crash near Wall Lake

WALL LAKE, S.D. (Press Release) – Two Sioux Falls men have  been identified as those who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Wall Lake.

A 2016 Dodge Ram pickup, pulling a flatbed trailer with a small tractor on it, was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 42 when it had a front-end collision with a westbound 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup.  Each vehicle started on fire.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Charles Puthoff, 59, was the driver of the Dodge Ram pickup. Michael Williams, 24, was driving the GMC Sierra pickup. Seat belt use by both drivers is under investigation.

South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this time.

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.