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31,000 pounds of beef roasts lost after two semis crash in far northeast South Dakota

More than 31,000 pounds of beef roasts were destroyed when the two semis crashed in far northeast South Dakota on Saturay, Aug. 25. Photo courtesy of South Dakota Highway Patrol1 / 2
Beef roasts are scattered in a ditch along U.S. Highway 12 west of Summit, S.D., after two semis collided in foggy conditions on Saturday morning. Photo courtesy of South Dakota Highway Patrol2 / 2

SUMMIT, S.D.—Someone craving a beef roast in Minnesota may have to wait a little bit longer after two semis crashed in far northeast South Dakota this past weekend.

More than 31,000 pounds or almost 16 tons of beef roasts were destroyed after the semis collided in foggy conditions about three miles west of Summit near the Minnesota border about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday.

The roasts were in the back of a 2002 Freightliner driven by Jamal Aded, 45, of Minneapolis, who was driving east on U.S. Highway 12 heading to an unknown Minnesota destination, when the crash occurred with another semi that was pulling off a side road, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

The roasts, which were being transported from an Aberdeen, S.D., facility and were packaged in huge boxes, then slid out of the damaged semi that ended up on its side in the ditch along the highway, according to Tony Mangan, public information officer for the Patrol and state Department of Public Safety.

Aded, who suffered minor injuries and was taken to the nearby Milbank, S.D, hospital, is facing possible charges in the crash.

"It's up to the state's attorney," said Mangan.

The driver of the other semi, a 2017 International carrying paper products, wasn't injured and wasn't identified by the Patrol. His vehicle came to rest in the crossover of the east and westbound lanes.

Both men were wearing seatbelts.

The meat, by the way, was hauled to a landfill for disposal.

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