September 1, 2020
Mike Tanner

RAUVILLE, S.D.–Three people were injured Monday night when a vehicle collided with a semi trailer hauling a piece of farm equipment on old Highway 81 in Codington County.

It happened just after 8 p.m. 14 miles north of Watertown at 160th Street and 455th Avenue.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 2007 Perterbilt semi was southbound with an oversized load. It was pulling a flatbed trailer carrying a tractor with a silage blade. 

The blade struck the driver’s side of a northbound pickup truck. 

The pickup driver, a 67 year-old man, and a passenger, a 65 year-old woman, were taken by ambulance to Prairie Lakes Hospital with life-threatening injuries. They were later airlifted to a hospital in Sioux Falls. 

Two other passengers in the pickup were not injured. 

The 52 year-old man driving the semi was not injured. 

Names of those involved were not released. 

Assisting at the scene were the Codington County Sheriff’s Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol,  Watertown Fire Rescue and South Shore Fire and Ambulance.