Fatal accident

A head-on collision four miles south of Luverne on Highway 75 Friday has claimed two lives.

Ralph Edward Kingery, 48, Colorado Springs, Colo., was pronounced dead at the scene. His 1998 four-door Plymouth vehicle was totaled. Mary Theresa Elliott, 41, Colorado Springs, was a passenger in the car.

After the accident at 3:29 p.m. Elliott was brought to Luverne Hospital and then airlifted to Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. She died from head and internal injuries on Saturday, June 30. Both the driver and the passenger were wearing seatbelts.

Anthony Reese, 20, Steen, was airlifted from the scene to Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, and is listed in critical condition. He drove a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, which was totaled, and he was not wearing a seatbelt.

By Katrina Vander Kooi

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