SD Highway Patrol vehicle damaged in Watertown collision

May 22, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–No injuries Sunday afternoon in a crash in Watertown involving a South Dakota Highway Patrol vehicle.

It happened just after 4:00 p.m. at South Dakota Highway 20 near Airport Drive.

That’s where a trooper was conducting a traffic stop. The trooper had his vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, stopped on the shoulder of the highway, with its rear-facing amber light bar activated.

An approaching pickup truck driven by a 91 year-old Henry man did not move over far enough on the highway and struck the Tahoe, resulting in at estimated $6,500 worth of damage to each vehicle.

The trooper, who was not identified, was inside the Tahoe at the time of the collision, but was not hurt.

The Henry man was cited for causing an accident with a stopped emergency vehicle, and driving without a valid license.