Injury Vehicle Accident
On November 26, 2017, at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Sioux Falls Police Department and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue were dispatched to a vehicle on fire on the Tenth Street overpass of I‑229. The lone occupant had been removed from the vehicle. Investigation revealed that the South Dakota Highway Patrol had attempted to stop the vehicle on northbound I-229 for speeding. However, the vehicle accelerated and was passing other traffic on the right shoulder failing to yield. The vehicle then took the northbound off-ramp at Tenth Street at approximately 80 mph and attempted turning westbound. However, the vehicle was unable to make the turn, losing control, and struck the north side concrete retaining wall/fence causing extensive damage to the vehicle as well as the concrete barrier. The force of the impact knocked numerous large pieces of concrete to fall into the northbound I-229 lanes. Fortunately, no other vehicles were struck or involved.
The driver, a juvenile female, was transported from the scene by ambulance with serious but not-life-threatening injuries.
Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) responded to the scene to assess the damage. Part of westbound Tenth Street and all of northbound I-229 were completely shut down for a couple of hours to enable them to remove the damaged concrete pieces and clean up the debris. The roadways have been reopened for traffic.