UPDATE: Charges pending against driver in crash that leaked hazardous material


Hazmat teams from Davenport, Omaha and Kansas City are en route to southeastern South Dakota after a semi crash caused hazardous materials to leak onto the road.

Highway Patrol Spokesman Tony Mangan said the crash happened Wednesday morning when the semi was northbound on Interstate 29 near Elk Point.

The driver got too close to the shoulder around 7 a.m. and went into the median, then struck a bridge and cable wire.

SDDOT crews set up dams to help stop the flow of hazardous material into nearby a nearby water source.

The interstate was closed for a time but is back open.

Charges are pending against the semi driver, 37-year-old Robert Beaner of Sioux Falls. He was not injured in the crash.



According to the South Dakota's Department of Public Safety, I-29 is now open between Elk Point and Jefferson in southeastern South Dakota. Crews closed it for about 2 1/2 hours because a semi-truck hit a bridge in the area.


According to Tony Mangan, I-29 is closed for about eight miles near the Elk Point exit. Mangan is the public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

He said a semi-truck hit a bridge in the area, so traffic is being rerouted.

The crash happened between Jefferson and Elk Point in South Dakota. The interstate is closed between those two exits until further notice.

Highway patrol is on scene and Mangan said he is not aware of any injuries at this point.

The Department of Transportation tweeted out the closure at about 6:45 AM on Wednesday.

Stick with KSFY News as we learn more information.