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Names Released In Roberts County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, March 6, 2021

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648



Names Released In Roberts County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  Interstate 29, mile marker 248

              16 miles north of Sisseton, S.D.

When:   12:47 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021


Driver No. 1: Gerald Bartell, 78, Herman, MN, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup


Driver No. 2: Wilhelm Hiebert, 55, Rosenfeld, Manitoba, Canada No Injuries

Vehicle: 2013 Freightliner Semi-truck and trailer


SISSETON, S.D. – A Herman, MN man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash north of Sisseton.


Preliminary crash information indicated that a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, traveling northbound on Interstate 29, was parked on the shoulder of the road due to a flat tire. The  driver was kneeling near the pickup on the driver’s side. A northbound 2013 Freightliner semi-truck and trailer was northbound on I-29 in the driving lane and struck the pickup and its driver.


The pickup driver, 78-year-old Gerald Bartell, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Wilhelm Hiebert, 55, of Rosenfeld, Manitoba, Canada, was the truck driver. He was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. Charges are pending.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.


The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.




Note: Records of state-reportable crashes are now available at http://www.safesd.gov/  Records should be available about 10 days after the investigation is complete.