UPDATE: Charges pending against 1 driver in 4-semitrailer crash

Courtesy South Dakota Highway Patrol

ARLINGTON, S.D. (KSFY) - UPDATE:

Officials say charges are pending against one driver following a crash involving four semitrailers in eastern South Dakota resulted in minor injuries.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan tells KSFY News the crash happened one mile west of Arlington just before 6:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Mangan said an eastbound 2005 Peterbuilt Conventional 379 crossed the center line and struck two oncoming semi-tractors and the trailer of a third.

The driver, 21-year-old Joshua Waldner of Huron, was taken to the Brookings hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending against him.

After the crash, Waldner's semitrailer caught fire, and both the truck and trailer are destroyed, Mangan said.

The accident blocked both lanes of traffic, requiring authorities to shutdown the highway to clean up debris and tow the vehicles.

The three westbound semitrailers were traveling as a group. One driver received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The two other drivers received no injuries.

All four of the trailers were empty.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Authorities say a crash involving four semi trucks in eastern South Dakota resulted in minor injuries.

The accident took place Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 14 just west of Arlington, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the accident resulted in a fire that damaged at least one of the trucks. One person was hospitalized, but troopers say the injuries are not serious.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Highway Patrol troopers say they will be on the scene for some time as they work to clear the road.


Courtesy South Dakota Highway Patrol
Courtesy South Dakota Highway Patrol