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Driver inattention was the likely cause of pileup involving semis & snow plow in Sturgis, police say


South Dakota authorities say that a truck driver may face charges following a pileup crash involving more than a dozen vehicles that left several people hurt on Monday.

The 13 vehicle pileup crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, January 18, on I-90 in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Police say that the crash began when a semi truck driver traveling east on I-90 near Exit 30 failed to slow for a snow plow in the passing lane and a second semi truck in the right lane.

The truck struck the snowplow, then hit a guardrail and crashed into a ditch.

The second semi truck jackknifed, blocking both lanes of eastbound I-90.

Three drivers took to the median to avoid the crashed vehicles. Seven other vehicles, including two semi trucks and a FedEx truck, hit either the guardrail or other vehicles.

The truck driver who failed to slow and three others were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol believes that driver inattention was to blame for the crash and says that charges could be filed. Weather conditions may have also contributed to the pileup.

The pileup remains under investigation.


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