South Dakota soldier’s cruiser hit by semi-slipper during winter storm
A severe winter storm slid a large tractor-trailer directly into the path of a South Dakota Highway Patrol cruiser on a slippery highway.
According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 12:08 a.m. Thursday, law enforcement officers were dispatched to Interstate 90 near MP 395 for an injury crash involving a South Dakota Highway Patrol vehicle. and a semi-tractor/trailer.
The soldier was providing traffic control for another crash when a semi lost control and slammed into the soldier’s car. Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer drove quickly on the snow-covered roads in poor visibility.
“Slow down! You have a place to go,” the South Dakota Highway Patrol wrote in a Facebook post after the collision. “Ice and snow, take it easy.”
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The soldier was in the vehicle at the time of the crash and sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for treatment.
The driver of the tractor-trailer received a citation for overdriving road conditions.
A late winter blizzard moved into the upper Midwest on Saturday, closing roads and adding to one of the snowiest seasons in decades.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the majority of southeastern South Dakota was expected to be under a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. Friday.
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“Expect slippery road conditions. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, with near-blizzard conditions sometimes possible, particularly during snowfall and in rural areas,” the NWS advisory said. “The hazardous conditions could impact morning or evening commutes. Gusty winds could knock down tree branches.”
Highway Patrol responded to a number of crashes in South Dakota on Thursday in harsh winter conditions and high winds.
The National Weather Service said parts of the upper Midwest could see more than 12 inches of snow through Sunday, while other areas could see rain and freezing rain.
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The storm is expected to move into the upper Great Lakes region on Sunday.