Car accident closes state Highway 75

Motorists wait to get through the accident scene on Wednesday morning.

A two-vehicle, head-on collision on state Highway 75 south of Ketchum that occurred just before 10 a.m. today, May 29, killed three Wood River Valley residents.

First-responders and deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched at 9:54 a.m. to the crash scene, just south of the Elkhorn Road intersection with Highway 75.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a 2010 black Volvo driven by Peter Jarvis, 82, of Sun Valley, was traveling southbound on the highway "when it left its lane, crossed over the center lane divider, and entered into the northbound lane of traffic." Jarvis’ vehicle struck a 2007 white Toyota pickup truck driven by Piper Reed, 34, of Ketchum, the Sheriff's Office reported. Jarvis died at the scene. His passenger and wife, Sally Jarvis, 82, also of Sun Valley, later died at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. Reed also died at the hospital from injuries suffered in the crash. Reed’s golden retriever dog was also killed in the collision.

All occupants were wearing seat belts, the Sheriff's Office stated. No other vehicles were involved. 

The incident remains under investigation.

The highway was closed for approximately two-and-a-half hours while first-responders worked at the crash site. At 11:15 a.m., Sheriff’s Office deputies were allowing intermittent travel.

"We send our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this collision," Sheriff Steve Harkins stated. "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.”