Accident involving semi causes closures on Highway 44

Photo from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE: 1:58 p.m. — The Rapid City Police Department says a second tanker has arrived to offload jet fuel from the semi that was involved in the accident.

According to the RCPD, the transfer process will take at least another hour to complete. Traffic will continue to be impacted for that time.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and will release more information on how it happened. One person was taken to the hospital for their injuries.

According to Rapid City Fire Department Lt. Jim Bussell, “We had two individuals, one occupant of the semi, one occupant of the passenger vehicle. One of those individuals refused treatment and transport. The other individual was transported with apparently non-life threatening injuries to a local hospital.”

The semi was hauling around 9600 gallons of jet fuel to Rapid City Regional Airport.

Photo from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

The RCFD says that crews are using an abundance of caution as they clear up the scene. Authorities continue to ask commuters to take an alternative route and avoid the area.


UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. — Authorities say the jet fuel is contained to the tanker. Traffic continues to be severely backed up on eastbound Highway 44. The public is asked to take an alternative route.

The Rapid City Police Department says that traffic will likely be impacted for at least another hour or more as crews work to get the scene cleared.


RAPID CITY, S.D. — An accident involving a semi and a passenger car has caused closures on Highway 44 near the Jolly Lane intersection.

Authorities say the semi was hauling jet fuel. The details of the accident are still unknown. A hazmat is on the scene assessing the jet fuel container.

The Rapid City Fire Department says eastbound Highway 44 is closed in that area and westbound is reduced to one lane. Traffic has been backed up. The public is asked to take an alternative route and avoid the area.

The fire department says there are two patients being treated as a result of the accident, and the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

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