Multiple vehicles involved in accident east of Rapid City

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Photo Courtesy of South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Photo Courtesy of South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

BOX ELDER, S.D. — East of Rapid City, between Box Elder and Wall, there were multiple reports of jackknifed semis, several vehicles in a ditch and a couple of accidents involving emergency response vehicles.

One incident in particular included the New Underwood Volunteer Fire Department that was involved in a three vehicle crash on Interstate 90 at mile marker 81 near New Underwood.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, the New Underwood emergency vehicle, a 2019 Dodge Ram 3500, was responding with lights on to a reported injury crash.

Due to the whiteout conditions, the vehicle hit a 2020 freight-liner semi truck and trailer. The rescue truck then spun into the driving lane where it was hit by a third vehicle, the type not known by the DPS.

Three people in the rescue truck – two males and one female – were wearing seatbelts, but one had to be extracted. All three were taken to a Rapid City hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of the other two vehicles were both wearing seatbelts and weren’t injured.

The right lane of I-90 heading eastbound was partially closed for about two hours while DPS responded.

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