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One injured in I-90 collision

Law enforcement officials clean up after an accident on Interstate 90 between exits 332 and 330 Monday morning in Mitchell. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

A pickup driven by a Brookings man rear-ended a semi Monday on Interstate 90, totaling the pickup and resulting in injuries for the pickup’s driver.

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John Lord, a trooper with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, said Michael Fedt, 25, drove his 2012 Dodge Ram pickup at about 9:51 a.m. into the back end of James Minar’s semi near exit 332 in Mitchell.

Fedt was transferred to Sioux Falls by ambulance. He suffered some head injuries, cuts and bumps, Lord said. He was cited for careless driving.

Lord said Minar was pulling off the on-ramp onto the interstate westbound with his semi when Fedt struck the trailer. After the accident, Fedt went into the median and the semi pulled over to the side of the interstate.

“Fedt thought he missed his exit, just wasn’t watching what was going on in front of him and hit the trailer,” Lord said. “The guy driving the semi thought he was going a bit over 40. The guy driving the pickup came up from behind him and was going about 75.”

Minar, 64, is from Northfield, Minn. One of the rear tires on the semi was damaged beyond repair and there may have been some underbody damage, said Lord, who estimated about $3,000 worth of loss to the semi. Minar was uninjured and did not receive a citation.

Both men were wearing a seat belt, according to Lord.

Responding to the scene were Mitchell fire and ambulance crews, and the Davison County Sheriff’s Department, Mitchell Police Division and South Dakota Department of Transportation.