Two-vehicle accident closes portion of Maverick Junction on Friday, March 22

Photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald

With its load of lumber spilled, a semi-truck sits in the westside ditch at Maverick Junction last Friday evening after a car failed to yield at the stop sign and hit the semi on its passenger side.




By Brett Nachtigall


HOT SPRINGS – A southbound semi truck loaded with lumber was forced into the ditch at Maverick Junction, five miles east of Hot Springs, last Friday afternoon, when the driver of a 1992 Honda Accord failed to yield the right of way before entering into intersection.

According to a spokesperson with the S.D. Department of Public Safety, the 2009 Freightliner semitruck, driven by Yariel Bada Gonzalez, 27, of Katy, Texas, was traveling southbound on S.D. Hwy 79 when it was struck on the passenger side by the Honda. Both vehicles ended up in the westside ditch, where the truck’s load of lumber spilled off the trailer.

The driver of the Honda was Ethan Lippincott, 18, of Rapid City, who suffered minor injuries but was not transported anywhere for medical treatment. The driver of the semi was not injured. Both were wearing seatbelts.

U.S. Highway 18s eastbound lanes were closed for a time.

Fall River County Herald Star

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