UPDATE: Charges pending against driver involved in crash on I-229

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.

Charges are pending against a driver involved in a crash on Interstate 229 Thursday morning.

Highway Patrol Spokesman Tony Mangan tells KSFY News the accident happened at mile marker 31 on the Minnesota Avenue overpass just before 8:30 a.m.

A 2006 GM Denali was northbound on I-229 when the driver lost control on the icy roadway. The vehicle slid left off the roadway, entered the median and slid into the southbound lanes.

It collided head-on with a 2010 Jeep Laredo, which was in the passing lane.

The southbound lanes had to be closed for a time while occupants in both vehicles were extricated. Traffic was diverted onto Minnesota Avenue.

Crews transferred the driver of the Denali, 28-year-old Joshua Christion of Sioux Falls, to a hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending against him.

A 23-year-old female passenger was also transported to a hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. A 5-month-old girl was in a child safety seat and was not injured.

Crews also transported the 38-year-old male driver of the Jeep to a hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

All adults involved were wearing seatbelts, Mangan said.


UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.

Police say they responded to 25 crashes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday due to blizzard conditions.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said 10 of those crashes happened between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

No serious injuries have been reported.


UPDATE, 9:30 a.m.

Southbound lanes of Interstate 229 near the Minnesota Ave. have reopened. They were temporarily closed Thursday morning due to an accident.


Blizzard conditions have lead to several crashes in the Sioux Falls area, including one that is diverting traffic on I-229.

A accident involving multiple vehicles occurred around 8:30 a.m. Thursday near the Minnesota Avenue ramp on the southbound lanes I-229.

Authorities have not confirmed whether anyone was injured in the accident. Southbound traffic on I-229 is being diverted at Cliff Ave.

KSFY News has received reports of multiple accidents around the Sioux Falls area, including some Interstate 29.

Overnight snowfall mixed with strong winds will likely make for poor driving conditions throughout much of the day Thursday, according KSFY Meteorologist Shawn Cable.