FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two vehicle accident in Fort Pierre Thursday resulted in minor injuries to one driver and damages to a city utility device-which caused a power outage for some electric customers in town. The accident occurred about 12:15 p.m. along Highway 83, near Sale Barn Road. Chief Deputy Greg Swanson of the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office says a semi tractor was southbound on 83 in the lane next to the curb when a SUV that was also southbound and was passing the truck in the other lane ran into the driver’s side front area of the semi truck. Swanson says the SUV bounced off the truck, the driver of the smaller vehicle overcorrected and the SUV came back in front of the semi, jumped a curb and spun around backwards. The rear of the SUV hit an electrical control switch box that stands along the highway, and then the vehicle spun around and came to a stop on Sale Barn Road.
The driver of the SUV was identified by the South Dakota Highway Patrol as 62-year-old Larry Hogeland of Pierre. Authorities initially said that Hogeland was not a South Dakota resident, since he holds an out-of-state license. Hogeland was arrested by the Highway Patrol for DUI and Driving Under Revocation. The semi-driver was 54-year-old Roger D. Roll of Omaha, Nebraska. Hogeland was not injured and Roll was taken to St. Mary’s Healthcare Center by ambulance to be checked for non-life threatening injuries.
The semi truck received only a few thousand dollars damage and was driven away from the scene. The SUV was totaled and the electrical switch box was destroyed. Electricity was disrupted for about an hour for a portion of Fort Pierre from Pizza Ranch-south toward the Bad River and east of Highway 83 to the Missouri River. A small section of customers on 8th Avenue from the highway to near Missouri Street were without power for several hours. Power was finally restored in that neighborhood last night. Another outage was reported just outside city limits on Fort Pierre’s southern edge late yesterday-but officials say that outage was not related to the accident.
As a result of yesterday’s accident, law enforcers in Stanley County are reminding motorists to be mindful of the state’s move-over law. There were some cases where drivers passing the accident scene and the law enforcement vehicles that were at the site were not paying attention and officials say orange cones that were placed to direct traffic past the accident were run over. The move over law requires motorists on Interstates and other highways with two or more lanes to merge into the lane farthest from the stopped emergency vehicle and proceed with caution. On two-lane highways, motorists must slow to 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit or slow to 5 miles per hour when the speed limit is posted at 20 miles per hour or less and proceed with caution.
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