Two identified following fatal crash outside Scotland

Both of the deceased were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

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SCOTLAND, S.D. — Names have been released of the people who died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in a two-vehicle crash north of Scotland.

Authorities responded to reports at 6:37 p.m. of a two-vehicle crash five miles north of Scotland on South Dakota Highway 25, at mile marker 25.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2010 Kenworth T800 semi-truck and trailer were traveling northbound on South Dakota Highway 25 when it crossed the center line while navigating a curve and struck a southbound 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Minivan.

Both the driver of the Dodge and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. They were Jennifer Blewett of Scotland, S.D., the 49-year-old driver, and Herman Runge, Jr., 71, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Another passenger of the Dodge, 72-year-old -Susan Runge of Sioux Falls, S.D., suffered life-threatening injuries. She was transported by ambulance to the Scotland hospital and then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Susan Runge was the only occupant in the Dodge who was wearing a seatbelt.


Kevin Rudloff of Verdigre, NE, the 23-year-old driver of the semi-truck, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. Charges are pending against him.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the crash. All information released thus far is only preliminary.

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The South Dakota Highway Patrol indicated that road conditions are thought to have contributed to the crash.

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