A crash between a semi and a pickup shut down southbound traffic for a couple hours on Interstate 29 near Beresford Thursday morning.
Skid marks and mangled metal are all part of the destructive aftermath of a rear-end crash on Interstate 29. The Highway Patrol says a pickup, hauling a livestock trailer, was going between 45 to 50 miles an hour in the southbound lane, when a semi truck came up from behind.
"The semi truck misgauged the speed and attempted to pass, but ran into the back of the horse trailer," Sgt. Robert Schmidt of the South Dakota Highway Patrol said.
The pickup ended up in the ditch. A woman riding in the pickup suffered serious injuries when she was thrown from the vehicle. Troopers say she was not wearing a seat belt.
Skies were hazy and the road was damp at the time, but the highway patrol says weather was not a factor in this crash. With rain and snow in the forecast, troopers say this crash is a good reminder for everybody not to overdrive conditions with the changing weather.
"The biggest thing is obviously paying attention. Look far enough ahead, drive far enough ahead and allow yourself extra space, following distance for other vehicles," Schmidt said.
The two cows inside the trailer survived the crash. They were coaxed out and moved into another trailer to resume their trip to market.
Troopers say the semi driver will likely be ticketed for careless driving.