Wind-Blown Accident

A semi trailer hauling slabs of quartz rolled off the road on Highway 81 north of Yankton at 11 p.m. Saturday night. According to Yankton Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Larry Nickles, the truck was headed northbound up the hill north of the James River bridge when it rolled into a ditch and dumped its entire load of quartz. The driver, who suffered minor injuries but did not seek medical attention, said the high wind was a factor in the incident. The Yankton Sheriff’s Department, fire and ambulance crews, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol responded.

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