Two killed in Wednesday truck-train crash near Harrisburg

The crash occurred Wednesday afternoon at a railroad crossing on the southern edge of Harrisburg city limits.


HARRISBURG, S.D. — Two people were killed Wednesday, Dec. 7, after their vehicle was struck by a train south of Harrisburg, South Dakota.

Shortly before 4:45 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol were called to the intersection of 274th Street and 476th Avenue, on the southern edge of Harrisburg city limits, for a report of a collision with a train.

Preliminary crash information released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicates that a 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was westbound on 274th Street when the driver did not yield at a railroad crossing. The pickup collided with a southbound BNSF train.

Two passengers of the pickup, a 45-year-old woman and 12-year-old girl, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 44-year-old male driver was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 43-year-old male operator of the train was not injured. Names of the four people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members.

Though charges are pending against the driver of the pickup, the South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash, including whether seat belts were in use.

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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