Names released from deadly ambulance crash in Union County

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JEFFERSON, S.D. (KELO) — A 29-year-old Brunsville, Iowa woman died Saturday in an ambulance and semi-truck crash on Interstate 29. 

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says Tonya Bruscher was a passenger in the ambulance when the crash happened. She was not wearing a seat belt, thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. 

The crash happened at 3:32 a.m. Saturday one mile south of Jefferson. The ambulance was southbound on I-29 when the driver lost control. The ambulance crossed both lanes, went into the median and into the northbound lanes where it was hit on the back end by a semi-truck and trailer. The crash caused the semi-truck and trailer to roll onto its passenger side. 

Jacob Smith, 22, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was the ambulance driver. He was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was sent to a Sioux City, Iowa hospital. 

Bruce Muehler, 62, of Campbell, Minnesota was the semi-truck driver. He was wearing a seatbelt and had minor injuries. 

Traffic on I-29 was closed for nearly eight hours. 

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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