Wind advisory: Strong winds knocking over semis in South Dakota

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is warning truckers to use extra caution while traveling along highways after a semi truck flipped during a high wind advisory.

The incident happened on Tuesday morning, however the high wind advisory remains in effect until Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday morning, December 5th, north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, an empty tractor trailer was traveling along US Highway 85 in winds up to 50 mph, when a sudden gust tipped the trailer, causing the entire rig to overturn.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash, but a passenger resting in the sleeper berth sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Crews were able to pull the overturned rig over to the side of the road until winds subsided. The truck was later righted and taken away.

According to Weather Underground, the high wind advisory is in effect in western South Dakota until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6th, and SDHP is warning truckers to use caution and good judgment.

“Please let this be a reminder that large profile vehicles are very subject to this when winds are high; especially when they are empty and extra caution should be taken,” SDHP wrote in their post to Facebook.