1 killed Friday in weather-related crash near Tea

The South Dakota Highway Patrol said snow and ice on the roadway contributed to the crash.

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TEA, S.D. — One person was killed Friday morning in a weather-related crash involving a semi to the southeast of Tea.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, authorities in Lincoln County were called to a stretch of 276th Street roughly four miles southeast of Tea for a report of a two-vehicle crash.

Preliminary crash information released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicates that a 71-year-old woman was driving a 2006 Dodge Durango westbound on 276th Street when the driver lost control due to snow and ice on the roadway. The Durango crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound 2014 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer.

The 71-year-old driver of the Durango was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Authorities are unsure whether the woman was wearing a seat belt.

The 32-year-old male driver of the Peterbilt was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.


Names of those involved have not yet been released, pending family notification.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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