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Herbicide spilled in single-vehicle semi crash

PLATTE -- About 200 gallons of herbicide were spilled Tuesday afternoon following a single-vehicle crash in south-central South Dakota. Officials spent multiple hours on scene after a 1995 Freightliner tractor rolled on South Dakota Highway 50, a...

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PLATTE - About 200 gallons of herbicide were spilled Tuesday afternoon following a single-vehicle crash in south-central South Dakota.

Officials spent multiple hours on scene after a 1995 Freightliner tractor rolled on South Dakota Highway 50, about 10 miles west and five miles north of Platte. The crash occurred at 3:40 p.m. two miles north of Academy.

Steven Erickson, 57, of Platte, is facing charges, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. He was driving the vehicle north on Highway 50 when he reached for something, officials said. The vehicle left the road, Erickson overcorrected and the semi went into the east ditch.

Erickson sustained minor injuries. He was transported to a hospital in Platte, treated and then released. He was the lone occupant and was wearing a seat belt.

Charles Mix County Emergency Management arrived on scene at about 4:30 p.m. and assisted for nearly three hours. Emergency Manager Mike Kotab said officials planned to clean up the scene Wednesday, pending weather.

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The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Academy and Platte fire departments assisted. The Charles Mix County State’s Attorney’s Office had not looked at the report as of Wednesday afternoon, so an official did not immediately comment on potential charges.

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