On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, three semi-trailer trucks crashed on US Highway 281 and US Highway 212 in northeastern South Dakota. The accident occurred at approximately 1:00 p.m. in front of the courthouse in Redfield.
According to reports, one truck was carrying a 131-foot wind turbine blade, the second was carrying a tank, and the third was a farm truck. Witnesses indicated that the semi-trailer truck carrying the wind turbine blade swung across the highway and was jumping. The truck then crashed into the farm truck that was heading in its direction. The farm truck then collided into the truck carrying a tank.
According to Trooper Brian Korbel, all three trucks had significant damage as a result of the crash. As a precaution, the driver in the farm vehicle was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The wind turbine blade was being transported from a company in Aberdeen to a wind farm being built in Kansas. Damage to the 131-foot blade is not known at this time.
The accident caused the highway to shut down with traffic blocked for approximately three hours. The Spink County Sheriff’s Office was directing traffic during this time.
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