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Rushmore woman dies in crash

KENNETH - A Rushmore woman was killed in a crash Monday afternoon, after smoke from a controlled burn spread, causing her to rear-end a dump truck.

Ashley Von Holtum, 26, was traveling northbound on Rock County 3 approximately ½  mile north of Rock County Road at 1:50 p.m., where there was an unmanned controlled burn being conducted.

According to a press release issued by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the wind had picked up and shifted, causing smoke to cross over the roadway. Von Holtum rear-ended a gravel side dump drunk, which is owned by Russell Knutson, Magnolia. The dump truck was driven by Gary Akkerman, 65, of Luverne.

Fire and rescue crews had to extract Von Holtum from the vehicle, and she was airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she was pronounced dead.

Von Holtum was wearing her seatbelt, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Akkerman was not injured in the crash.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office along with the Rock County Ambulance, Kenneth Fire Department, Magnolia Fire Department, Luverne Fire Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol all responded to the incident.