Gann Valley, SD Highway Construction Accident, Apr 1949


Gann Valley, April 13 -- A North Dakota man, WILLIAM RITTER, who was working with a construction company on a highway near here, died while driving a maintainer late Tuesday afternoon.
RITTER, about 50, had arrived in Gann Valley Monday from his home in Nishek, N.D. to work with the Harris Construction Company on Highway 34 for the season.
According to Sheriff Charles Lawyer of Buffalo County the man suffered a heart attack or stroke and fell from the cab of the maintainer while at work about three miles north and seven miles west of here about 4:30 p.m. The back wheels of the machine passed over his head, according to the sheriff. He and States Attorney H.D. Brown took the body by ambulance to Miller for examination for cause of death by the Hand County coroner.
A group of other construction workers nearby saw the accident from a distance.
RITTER, who had been employed with the firm for three years, had also worked with them on the highway here last fall. He is survived by his father and a brother, both in North Dakota, who were notified immediately.

Huronite and the Daily Plainsman South Dakota 1949-04-13