Charges pending against semi driver in Monday’s multi-vehicle accident on I-90
(UPDATE: 1/18/21 @ 7:38 P.M.): South Dakota Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Tony Mangan confirmed to NewsCenter1 that 13 vehicles were involved in the accident on I-90 in Sturgis this afternoon, with both preliminary and secondary crashes interrupting traffic on the interstate for roughly three-and-a-half hours.
The initial crash started when a Freightliner semi-truck with trailer was eastbound on I-90 and did not slow down for a snow plow (in the passing lane) and a Peterbilt semi (in the right lane). The Freightliner struck the snow plow and then a guardrail before going into the ditch; the driver of the Freightliner sustained minor injuries.
The Peterbilt jack-knifed across both eastbound lanes of traffic. Three vehicles took the median in order to avoid hitting the Peterbilt; none of those three vehicles were involved in any collisions and the occupants did not sustain any injuries.
Seven additional vehicles were involved in the secondary crash when they attempted to avoid collisions but either hit other vehicles or the guard rail. The vehicles included (in no particular order): two pickups, a pickup trailer, two semi-trucks with trailers, a compact car, and a FedEx truck. Three drivers from the secondary crash sustained minor injuries and were taken to Sturgis Hospital.
Driver inattention is thought to be the reason for the initial crash and charges are pending against the driver of the Freightliner. Weather conditions at the time appear to be the cause of the secondary crashes.
South Dakota Highway Patrol is leading the investigation.
STURGIS, S.D. — According to Meade County Emergency Management, at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Monday, law enforcement, fire, and medical services responded to a call for a multi-vehicle accident on I-90 eastbound near Exit 30.
At least 12 vehicles were involved in the accident, including five tractor-trailers, one delivery truck, three pick-up trucks, and three cars.
No information has been provided yet regarding a cause or potential injuries.
Agencies on-scene included Sturgis Fire Department, Sturgis Ambulance, Sturgis Police Department, Meade County Sheriffs Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota DOT, and Meade County Emergency Management.
South Dakota DENR has been notified of fuel and engine fluid spills relating to the accident.