1 killed, 1 injured in 3-vehicle crash near Beresford

A semi-truck and trailer swerved into oncoming traffic in an effort to avoid a turning vehicle when it was struck by another semi.

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BERESFORD, S.D. — One person was killed and another person was injured Tuesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash near Beresford.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, authorities in Lincoln and Union counties were dispatched to the intersection of South Dakota Highway 46 and 473rd Avenue, roughly 1 mile east of Beresford's city limits, for a report of a multi-vehicle crash.

Preliminary crash information released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicates that a 2007 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer was eastbound on SD 46 when the driver swerved to avoid rear-ending an eastbound pickup which was turning into a private driveway.

The semi-truck and trailer crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a westbound 2012 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer, according to the release.

  • The 76-year-old male driver of the 2007 Kenworth was not wearing a seat belt, and was thrown from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • The 38-year-old male driver of the 2012 Kenworth, who was wearing a seat belt, received serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.
  • The 45-year-old male driver of the pickup was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Names of the three people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members.
The 2012 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer was hauling ethanol fuel. A hazardous materials team responded to the scene. A portion of SD 46 was closed to traffic for six hours.


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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