Woman killed in central South Dakota crash

BLUNT, S.D. - A 55-year-old woman was killed Monday in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 14 northeast of Blunt in the central portion of the state.

At about 1:44 p.m. March 18, a 2016 Jeep Compass headed east on Highway 14 drifted into the path of a westbound 2012 Kenworth W900 semi-truck, said Tony Mangan with the state Office of Public Safety. The Jeep struck the truck head-on and the driver, a 55-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 59-year-old driver of the semi-truck received minor injuries and was taken to Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre for treatment, Mangan said. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, he said.

Names of the two drivers were not released Tuesday morning pending notification of family members, Mangan said.

The collision occurred about a mile northeast of Blunt, a small town about 25 miles northeast of Pierre.

This incident marks the ninth traffic death so far this year in South Dakota, down from 23 traffic fatalities that occurred by March 20 in 2018. Traffic deaths totaled 100 in 2018, according to state Public Safety records.