PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local firefighters responded Saturday to a location near Pierre’s outskirts where a semi-truck hauling propane had tipped on its side. Responders were notified just before 10:00 a.m. Saturday that assistance was needed at the site-near Gale’s Gas. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper John Peary says the fully loaded semi had been traveling northbound on North Airport Road and turned into the parking lot of the business to offload propane. Peary says the driver of the truck and trailer-Everett Bartells-said he lost traction due to muddy conditions and a steep incline and attempted to back out of the lot to change his angle of approach. Bartells indicated the rear trailer tire left the pavement and entered the ditch, which caused a shift in the propane weight and resulted in the trailer overturning. The tanker was not compromised and the propane remained within the tanker. There was no fire. Peary says there were no injuries and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Bartells was cited for log book violations and released at the scene. The propane was off-loaded into other smaller tankers and the truck and trailer were later uprighted. The Pierre Fire Department was at the site of the accident for about 30-45 minutes. The semi-truck and trailer are owned by Brick Transport, Inc. and there is no indication of how much damage was sustained to the unit. Other agencies responding to the location of the truck rollover included the Pierre Police Department, the Highway Patrol and American Medical Response.
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