The big question today… what happened in Northeastern South Dakota that led to more than 150 drivers getting stuck overnight on the Interstate? Getting that answer for you is just the beginning of our coverage today on what a Highway Patrol Trooper says looks like a “war zone” over a stretch of Interstate 29 south of Sisseton.
Erich Schaffhauser is coming into the danger zone from the west. He’s headed to the Summit area to talk with people who’ve been rescued and are now stranded at a convenience store.
Our Photojournalist Kevin Kjergaard headed up I-29 from the south and met up with this sign at Watertown. He’ll talk with people on that end of the situation.
We’re hearing that officials started getting calls that the roads were bad in the area before 10pm last night, yet KELOLAND News did not get an e-mail from the South Dakota DOT that the interstate was closed from Watertown to the North Dakota border until 6:37 this morning. Shawn Neisteadt’s going to look into why the section of interstate stayed open for so long. He’s also going to talk with Governor Dennis Daugaard shortly.
It’s one of those situations that’s going to change constantly throughout the day. We have at least seven reporters working on gathering details for you today, so keep coming back to KELOLAND.com between newscasts for the latest developments.
You can help also through viewer reports by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending photos to email@example.com. If you or someone you know was stranded, give us a call on our KELOLAND News Tipline at 800-888-KELO.