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A 33-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle accident near Kyle on Tuesday afternoon. 

Authorities identified the man as Hans James Christensen of Kyle. Christensen was traveling west on BIA Highway 2 around 4:40 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, his Lincoln Navigator crossed the center line, according to Kevin Rascher, highway safety trooper with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.

The vehicle collided head-on with a Ford F-350 driven by Sherman Paul Salisbury.

Salisbury told police he tried to steer his pickup into a ditch but decided not to because it appeared too steep, Rascher said. 

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Salisbury, 34, of Oklahoma, and two other passengers in his pickup were taken to Bennett County Hospital in Martin, where they were treated for injuries including fractures and lacerations.

Christensen was a member of the U.S. Marines, the Oglala Sioux Tribe said in a social media post about his death.

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Cops and courts reporter for the Rapid City Journal from February 2016 to July 2018. Contact her on Facebook or Twitter @tiffgtan.