FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man was arrested this afternoon after an accident occurred along a busy Fort Pierre roadway-which in turn-resulted in a power outage that impacted the majority of Fort Pierre electrical customers. Chief Deputy Greg Swanson of the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office says the accident was reported about 12:15 p.m. and occurred along Highway 83 near Sale Barn Road. He says a semi-tractor was southbound on Highway 83 in the lane next to the curb and an SUV was in the left lane traveling in the same direction near the truck. Swanson says the SUV struck the driver’s side-front area of the tractor and it glanced off the big-rig. The SUV driver overcorrected and the vehicle came back in front of the semi, jumped a curb and spun around backwards-striking an electrical control switch box which is located near the Highway 83/Sale Barn Road intersection. It continued to spin after hitting the electric box and finally stopped on Sale Barn Road. Swanson says the SUV was totaled and its driver was arrested by the South Dakota Highway Patrol for driving impaired. Damage to the semi was only a few thousand dollars; however the semi driver was taken to St. Mary’s Healthcare Center by ambulance and was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries. The electric control switch received about $30,000 damage. Vern Thorson, Fort Pierre’s City Superintendent, says power was out for about an hour in a good portion of Fort Pierre from Pizza Ranch to an area south of the Bad River and east of Highway 83 to the Missouri River but crews were able to restore electricity to most of the affected customers. He says a few homes on 8th Avenue from the Highway to Missouri Street are still without power, but electricity should be restored to the residences within a few hours.
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