March 5, 2020
BATH, S.D.–The westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 12 in Brown County were closed for about five hours Tuesday afternoon and evening following a crash between a farm tractor and a semi.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident was reported at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday, two miles east of Bath.
The John Deere tractor and Freightliner semi were both westbound in the right lane. The tractor was attempting to make a right hand turn onto 397th Avenue. The semi driver, which was behind the tractor, applied his brakes, went into a skid, and rear-ended the tractor.
The semi driver, 56 year-old Charles Mulkey of Chatsworth, Georgia, sustained life-threatening injuries. He was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.
The driver of the tractor, 75 year-old Dennis Jones of Bath, had serious non life-threatening injuries.