An EMT was killed and two other people were hurt Saturday in a two-vehicle crash south of Jefferson (SD).
State police did not release the names of those involved pending notification of family members. In a Facebook post, Yankton County EMS identified the victim as Tonya Bruscher, an employee of Midwest Medical Transport.
Police said the 2008 Ford Econoline E350 ambulance was driving southbound on Interstate 29 when the driver lost control. The vehicle crossed both lanes, went into the median and then entered the northbound lanes. The ambulance struck the back end of the semi-truck and trailer. The impact caused the semi-truck and trailer to roll onto its passenger side.
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Bruscher, 29, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 22-year-old male ambulance operator was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The 62-year-old male driver of the semi-truck also was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries.
Interstate 29 in that area was closed to traffic for about eight hours. Police continue to investigate the crash.