One person died and two others were injured Saturday, Aug. 29 in a two-vehicle crash on I-29 south of Jefferson.
At 3:22 a.m., a 2008 Ford Econoline E350 Ambulance was southbound on Interstate 29 when the driver lost control. Photos from the scene identified it as Midwest Medical. The vehicle crossed both lanes, went into the median and then entered the northbound lanes. The ambulance struck the back end of a 2020 Volvo semi-truck and trailer. The impact caused the semi-truck and trailer to roll onto its passenger side.
Tonya Bruscher of Brunsville, IA, a 29-year-old female, passenger in the ambulance was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The 22-year-old male ambulance driver, Jacob Smith of Sergeant Bluff, IA, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a Sioux City hospital. Bruce Muehler of Campbell, MN, 62-year-old male, driver of the semi-truck was also wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries. He was not transported.
The semi trailer was empty at the time.
Interstate 29 in that area was closed to traffic for about eight hours, opening again at 11:20 a.m. Traffic was rerouted off Exit Four through Jefferson and back onto the interstate at mile marker nine.
South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.
They were assisted on the scene by the North Sioux City, Jefferson and Elk Point ambulances, along with the North Sioux City Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Department and the South Dakota Department of Transportation.