Names Released In Fatal Head-On Crash Near Blunt

(KCCR) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a fatal head-on crash one mile east of Blunt last Monday. A 2016 Jeep Compass, driven by 55 year-old Shelli Jones of Pierre was eastbound on U-S Highway 14 around 1:45 pm, when she drifted into the path of a 2012 Kenworth semi-truck tractor trailer driven by 59 year-old Wesley Loomis Jr. of Scotland. Jones, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Loomis sustained minor injuries and was transferred to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Loomis was also wearing a seat belt. U-S Highway 14 was closed for approximately five hours while authorities investigated the crash. The Highway Patrol is continuing to look into the crash.