Semi crash near Salem spills fuel, blocks lane

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

SALEM -- A semi truck crashed and spilled diesel fuel Monday afternoon onto Interstate 90 west of Salem, blocking one westbound lane for several hours.

Charges are pending against Mirsad Ibrahimovic, 51, of Ankeny, Iowa, who was driving the 2001 Freightliner truck and trailer and was the only person involved in the crash, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

At 2:57 p.m., the semi, which was hauling lawn care products such as weed killer, was westbound on I-90 when it struck a guard rail and bridge rail on the passenger side half a mile west of the Salem exit.

Ibrahimovic, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured in the crash, and no other vehicles were involved. The fuel that didn't spill was offloaded by the Salem Fire Department, and the truck and trailer were reported to still be partially blocking the westbound driving lane as of 6 p.m. Monday, but were removed by Tuesday morning.

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