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Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 2 different accidents on Thursday, August 8th. The first accident was reported at about 3:45 pm. The location was approximately 12 miles west of Watertown on Hwy 212, at 442nd Ave. That accident involved 2 vehicles. A vehicle traveling westbound on Hwy 212 struck a vehicle that was north bound on County Road 23, or 442nd Ave. The driver of that northbound vehicle didn't see the westbound SUV, pulling out in front of it and getting struck on the passenger side front quarter. Airbags deployed in both vehicles, and there were a lot of motor fluids on the roadway. Both vehicles sustained major damage. Fortunately there were no injuries requiring immediate transport of either of the drivers. They were both sole occupants in their respective vehicles. The Codington County Sheriff's Department assisted on scene, as well as the South Dakota DOT. DOT was used to help clean the fluids off the road. WFR reminds you to wear your seatbelts. Don't drive distracted, and leave yourself plenty time for getting to your destination. Schools will be starting in the next two weeks all across the state, please take the time to teach our young drivers how to get from point A to point B in the safest way possible. South Dakota typically sees about 125 traffic related fatalities each year.
The second accident Watertown Fire Rescue responded to was at the intersection of 4th Ave SW and 21st Street SW. That accident was reported at around 5:15 pm. An eastbound motorcycle was struck by a northbound SUV type of vehicle, causing the motorcycle to slide in to another westbound vehicle that was stopped. There were no injuries that required immediate medical attention or transport. These next couple of weeks there will be an increase in the amount of motorcycles traveling through Watertown, and Watertown Fire Rescue reminds you to look both ways twice before proceeding through an intersection. As a motorcyclist, never assume you are seen at an intersection, and always drive defensively. Wear a helmet!
With the HWY 212 project going on, there has been a huge increase in the amount of traffic on 4th Ave SW during the day, especially during lunch hour and before and after work. Please remain patient, and consider a different route if one is available to you. Thanks, WFR