Man, 29, dead following chain-reaction crash near Beresford Wednesday

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

BERESFORD — A four-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 Wednesday morning left a 29-year-old man dead and two others injured in Lincoln County.

The crash occurred at 6:24 a.m. Wednesday, about 5 miles north of Beresford. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said the incident started with a 2007 Peterbilt Conventional semi-truck traveling south on I-29 when it lost a tire, the tire and rim landed in the northbound passing lane, where it was hit by a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup.

Authorities said the impact caused the pickup driver to lose control and cross the median into the southbound lanes, where it struck a 2005 Chevrolet Express van. The pickup rolled into the ditch, while the van entered the median and rolled into the northbound lanes. The van driver, the 29-year-old male driver, was thrown from the vehicle onto the northbound lanes. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Department of Public Safety said he was not wearing a seat belt. A 21-year-old male passenger in the van was wearing a seat belt and was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. The 31-year-old male driver of the Dodge Ram pickup had minor injuries.

A fourth vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by a male, 61, was involved in the crash when it swerved to miss the van. He was uninjured. The 29-year-old male semi-truck driver was also uninjured.

The incident resulted in the closure of Interstate 29's northbound lanes for nearly three hours on Wednesday morning, while the southbound lanes were reduced to one lane.


The names of those involved have not been released. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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