SISSETON, S.D. — A man who died last week on Interstate 29 near the North Dakota-South Dakota border when he was hit by a semi-truck has been identified.
Gerald Bartell, 79, of Herman, Minn., died when he was hit by a semi on Tuesday afternoon, March 2, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The driver of the semi, Wilhelm Hiebert, 55, of Rosenfeld, Manitoba, Canada, is facing charges in connection to the crash.
Bartell was traveling north on the interstate when he had a flat tire and parked on the shoulder of the road. He was on the driver's side of his pickup when he and the vehicle were hit by the semi, according to the patrol.
The semi was also northbound on the interstate, and a preliminary report said the semi driver couldn't move into the other lane because of another vehicle in the way.
Bartell was pronounced dead at the scene. Hiebert wasn't injured.
Herman is about 50 miles east of the accident scene, which was 17 miles north of Sisseton, S.D., near the North Dakota border.