Names released in fatal Roberts County crash

Charges pending in Tuesday incident

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SISSETON — A Herman, Minnesota man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash north of Sisseston.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, preliminary crash information indicates that a 2021 Chevrolet SIlverado pickup, traveling northbound on Interstate 29, was parked on the shoulder of the road due to a flat tire. The driver was kneeling near the pickup on the driver’s side. A northbound 2013 Freightliner semi-truck and trailer was northbound on I-29 in the driving lane and struck the pickup and its driver.

The driver of the pickup, 78-year-old Gerald Bartell, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wilhelm Hiebert, 55, of Rosenfeld, Manitoba, Canada, was the semi-truck driver. He was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. Charges are pending.

The crash occurred at about 12:47 p.m. Tuesday near mile marker 248.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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