Charges pending in crash that closed section of Deadwood Avenue

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Charges are pending against the driver of a semi truck hauling a road grader that fell off, closing a portion of Deadwood Avenue for over an hour Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Peterbuilt 379 semi truck was approaching Universal Drive and had to brake suddenly as the light changed to yellow. The stop caused a chain securing the grader on the trailer, to snap.

The front tires of the grader fell off and struck the back of a 2013 Chevy Malibu in the next lane. The Malibu then struck a trailer pulled by a 2011 Ford F-350 pickup.

No one was injured.

South Dakota Highway Patrol with assistance from the Rapid City Police Department investigated with crash. They say charges are pending against 26-year-old Austin Barber, of Rapid City.

The grader was later lifted by a crane and moved to a nearby parking lot. The roadway was opened to traffic at about 6 p.m.

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