Law enforcement officers are warning you to be careful on the roads this harvest season as large equipment makes its way to and from fields.
An Edmunds County crash involving a semi and combine reinforced the need for that warning Thursday.
"The way the cab of that truck was torn open, that guy is very lucky that he's alive," Mike Schwingler of Hosmer said.
Schwingler says he's surprised the crash wasn't worse considering the semi driver only suffered minor injuries according to the accident report.
The report also says 34-year-old David Wipf of Aberdeen was driving a combine down a state highway south of Hosmer after dark with a 35-foot header attached to the front. 75-year-old George Waldner of Westport approached the combine from behind, driving a semi. He moved over to pass the combine but hit the header.
Law enforcement cited Wipf for having an oversized vehicle on a state highway after dark. Those circumstances aside, law enforcement officers are asking everyone to be cautious on the roads this time of year.
"With fall harvest you have a lot of larger trucks and other vehicles that are out there. You just need to be more cautious," Captain Rob Weinmeister said.
Weinmeister works out of the South Dakota Highway Patrol’s Aberdeen office. He warns there could be more animals including deer running out onto roads as they're startled by machines in the fields as well.
Back in Hosmer, Schwingler echoes that warning.
"The safety is an issue. In the dark, everything changes," Schwingler said.
By law you can't drive a vehicle wider than 8.5 feet on a state highway after dark, Weinmeister said.