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Fatal ATV crash south of Philip

According to the South Dakoka Highway Patrol report, a 2009 Honda all terrain vehicle, driven by Irvel N. Morford, age 71, Philip, was traveling northbound on South Dakota Highway 73 just south of Philip, at 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2011.

Two deer entered the roadway and one of the deer struck Morford, who was thrown from the ATV. Morford was not wearing a helmet. He was transported to the Philip hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Neither alcohol nor speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Assisting the Highway Patrol was the Philip Police Department and the Philip Volunteer Fire Department.