SDHP responds to nearly 300 calls in Saturday winter storm

RAPID CITY S.D. — Emergency crews across the state had their hands full with the winter storm which moved its way across the state of South Dakota on Saturday.

Though snow accumulation totals were not high as expected, blowing snow, and icy roads posed a danger to drivers on many of the state’s roads and highways. According to Tony Mangan, the public information officer with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, troopers responded to 297 calls for service from midnight on Friday night to 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Mangan said out of the 297 calls, 5 of them were vehicle accidents with injuries. 55 of them were non-injury, and 166 of them were motorist assist calls. Additionally, 71 of the calls were ‘slide-ins’ where people are stuck in the median or off the road.

In Rapid City alone, Mangan said there were 28 calls for service. Six of them were crashes with no injuries, 16 of them were motorist assists, and six of them were slide-ins.

Mangan also said packing a winter kit full of warm clothes, flashlights, and a radio is a good way to stay prepared just in case drivers run into problems on the roads.

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