PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An accident late this morning resulted in a section of Highway 14 east of Blunt being blocked until late this afternoon. Responders were called to a collision between a combine and a semi tanker truck-which was hauling gas. Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the accident occurred on a bridge about three miles east of Blunt on Highway 14. The Department of Public Safety says the crash involved an eastbound 2008 John Deere combine which veered across the center line and struck a 2003 Freightliner semi tractor. The combine was pulling a header on a trailer behind the unit.-according to Leidholt DPS says the front of the combine punctured the tanker trailer and the two vehicles become stuck-coming to rest on the highway between the bridge guard rails. Leidholt says luckily, the punctured section of the trailer was not carrying gasoline. No one was hurt and no fuel was spilled. It took some time to separate the two units and to clear the scene. The tanker was off-loaded into another truck and both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. That section of highway was blocked for a time and motorists were routed around the bridge and detoured onto another road south of Highway 14. The Department of Transportation announced that the road had reopened about 4:50 p.m. this afternoon. The accident is being investigated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Agencies that responded today included the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office and Blunt and Harrold Fire Departments.
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