A truck slid off the road on Highway 79 in Harding County Thursday afternoon.
photo courtesy of Harding County Sheriff
A truck slid off the road on Highway 79 in Harding County Thursday afternoon.

Travel not recommended overnight Thursday as winter weather continues

Gary Matthews - February 9, 2018

STURGIS, S.D. - Numerous accidents have led law enforcement to issue no travel advisories around the region Thursday night.

In Pennington County, the sheriff's office issued a no travel advisory due to extremely slippery roads and poor visibility. Pennington County Sheriff spokeswoman Helen Duhammel says vehicles were rolling through intersections because they couldn't stop and were sliding off roads.

In Harding County, where more snow had fallen through the day, hazardous conditions existed on Highway 79. The Harding County Sheriff's office says a truck jack-knifed on the highway south of Reva trying to go through the Slim Buttes pass. Sheriff Wyatt Sabo says it wasn't the only truck-related accident Thursday.

He says Thursday afternoon, they responded to a semi with a wide load, that had run into the back of another semi on Highway 85 at mile marker 122, approximately four miles south of Buffalo. Sabo says  one truck was blocking the north bound lane. He says the plows were being called in once it became dark, and was urging people to stay off the roads.

In Meade County, Sturgis Police responded to a pickup truck that had went off I-90 and into the ditch at mile marker 32 around 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Scanner traffic indicated that person may have been overdriving road conditions.

Police were also reminding Sturgis residents along snow routes to move their vehicles off the road so the plows could get through.

Safe Travel USA had no travel advisories issued across a wide swath of Western South Dakota -- including Highway 34 from Sturgis east, Highway's 79 and 85 north and Highway 212 east.


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