Woman hurt, hogs killed in U.S. Highway 14 crash

Wreck at Aurora corner ties up traffic Wednesday

AURORA – U.S. Highway 14 was closed for more than four hours last Wednesday following a two-vehicle crash that injured a Brookings woman and killed an unknown number of hogs that were being hauled by one of the vehicles involved in the wreck.

The accident was reported at 10:23 a.m. Wednesday at U.S. Highway 14 mile marker 425, two miles north of Aurora, South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan reported.

A 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer hauling 275 head of hogs, with a 21-year-old male driver behind the wheel, was traveling west on Highway 14.

The second vehicle, a 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio, driven by 36-year-old Tawni Calegory of Brookings, “failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and 476th Avenue. The Volkswagen collided with the semi-truck and trailer that was westbound on U.S. Highway 14. The semi-truck and trailer went into the ditch and rolled. About half of the hogs escaped and had to be gathered up. That section of U.S. Highway 14 was closed for about 4.5 hours,” Mangan reported.

Calegory was transported by ambulance to the Brookings hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The semi driver was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Charges are pending against Calegory, Mangan said.

The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office said some hogs were killed in the crash, but it was unknown how many.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash; information is preliminary at this time.