THE State's first road fatality for 2014 was recorded near Coonawarra on Thursday night.
Just before 9pm, police were called to the Riddoch Hwy, after a Holden utility and a B-double truck crashed head on near Richardson Rd, Glenroy.
The driver of the semi-trailer and his female passenger were taken to Mount Gambier hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the utility, a 36-year-old man from Mount Gambier, died at the scene.
His death took the State's road toll to one, as compared to six for the same time last year.