Emergency services were called to Pyrites Road, just north of the township of Brukunga, about 5.30pm yesterday after a Ford ute crashed into a tree.
The driver, a 28-year-old local man, was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with life threatening injuries.
The passenger, a 39-year-old Nairne man, died at the scene.
Pyrites Road was closed for several hours while Major Crash officers were at the scene.
Anyone who saw the vehicle prior to the crash, or who has any information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report on line at www.crimestopperssa.com.au
The man’s death is the 35th life lost on SA Roads this year, compared to 31 at the same time last year.
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