A 61-year-old woman from Lake Andes, SD was injured in a two-vehicle accident at the Fort Randall Dam. The accident occurred just before 6 p.m. on a recent Monday.
According to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Petersen, 61-year-old Carrie Ackerman-Rice was driving westbound on U.S. 18 in a 2005 Ford 500 when she was struck on the driver's side by a tractor-trailer truck.
The truck's driver, 46-year-old Tunjo Ivic of Rockford, IL, was trying to pass Ackerman-Rice when the accident occurred. Ivic was not injured in the crash.
Ackerman-Rice was taken to nearby Wagner Community Memorial Hospital-Avera with broken ribs and difficulty breathing. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Ivic was cited by Petersen for passing in an intersection. While Ivic said he was going only 35 miles per hour, it may have been close to 45-50 miles per hour.
We are glad that no one was killed or more seriously injured in this South Dakota truck accident.