A Crofton, NE man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash east of Beresford.
Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2007 Kenworth Semi-truck and trailer was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 46. The driver swerved to avoid rear-ending an eastbound pickup which was turning into a private driveway. The semi-truck and trailer crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a westbound 2012 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer.
Joseph Tramp III, the 76-male of the 2007 Kenworth, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dustin Aspaas of Baltic, S.D., the 38-year-old driver of the 2012 Kenworth, was wearing a seatbelt and received serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Brian Jensen of Burbank, S.D., the 45-year-old driver of the pickup, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
The 2012 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer was hauling ethanol fuel. A hazardous materials team responded to the scene. South Dakota Highway 46 near Beresford was closed to traffic for six hours.
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.
The Highway Patrol is an agency of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.