Five Semis Tipped by Wind on Short Stretch of I-90 in Jackson County

Semis in Ditch in Jackson County October 18, 2012


KADOKA, S.D. – (DRG News) Emergency responders within a stretch of I-90 had a busy few days as this week’s excessive winds caused five semis to tip into the median over a two day period. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Dallas Kendrick says two semis were blown over Wednesday and three were tipped on Thursday. All of the accidents occurred in the same area of I-90 east of Belvidere in Jackson County and all of the trucks had been westbound at the time they were blown over-landing on their driver’s side. The trucks had been empty or had been carrying light loads. Kendrick says no fuel was spilled but all of the trucks sustained various levels of damage. Luckily, there were only minor injuries to the drivers of the five rigs-with the worst of the injuries being a broken leg. One of the trucks was cleared away Wednesday night, but Kendrick says the others were to remain in the median between Exits 171 and 173 until today since the winds have finally diminished. Kendrick also says it’s fortunate that none of the trucks collided with each other as they were pushed over by the winds-which in some locations were said to be gusting 70-80 mph.

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