3 people, 1 dog dead following head-on collision south of Ketchum
Three people and a dog died following a Wednesday morning head-on collision south of Ketchum.
The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Peter Jarvis, 82, of Sun Valley, was driving southbound on State Highway 75 near River Ranch and Elkhorn roads when he crossed the center lane divider. Jarvis’ car entered the northbound lanes and struck a pickup driver by Piper Reed, 34, of Ketchum.
The sheriff’s office said Jarvis died at the scene. Jarvis’ wife and passenger Sally Jarvis, 82, later died at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. Reed later died of her injuries at the hospital. Reed had a golden retriever dog with her that was also killed in the collision. The sheriff’s office said the crash occurred before 10 a.m. and all occupants wore seat belts.
“We send our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this collision,” Sheriff Harkins said in the news release. “We also would like thank our first responders for the extremely difficult and challenging job they often face. Our community has already experienced several tragedies this year on our roadways, and I would like to remind everyone to drive safely, drive respectfully, and drive undistracted.”
At the time of the crash the sheriff’s office blocked the section of highway for emergency crews. The sheriff’s office advised drivers through a post on Facebook to expect delays.
Some viewers reached out to KMVT to say traffic was reduced to one lane.
The sheriff's office said the crash remains under investigation.
A crash that blocked part of State Highway 75 south of Ketchum has reopened Wednesday afternoon.
The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on collision and closed the highway from Broadway Run Road to River Ranch Road. Drivers were told to expect delays and to be alert of emergency crews working at the scene.
The sheriff’s office posted updates on its Facebook page. The initial traffic alert was posted at about 10 a.m. and lanes of traffic were reopened by 12:20 p.m. The sheriff’s office said the crash was south of the traffic light at Elkhorn Road.
Travelers were advised to avoid the area and expect delays.