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SAC COUNTY

Crash claims life of South Central Calhoun junior

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A truck-car crash this morning in Sac County killed a South Central Calhoun High School junior.

SCC High School Principal Randy Martin confirmed the death of 16-year-old Kaylin Blessington, saying the Sac County Sheriff’s Office told him of the death around 9 a.m.

“It was tough,” Martin said.

The crash occurred at 8:30 a.m. when an eastbound 2011 Buick Enclave driven by a 16-year-old girl crossed the center line on Highway 175 near Auburn “for an unknown reason” and went into the westbound lane of a semi truck driven by Matthew L. Dorscher, 50, of Cumberland, according to an initial report from the Iowa State Patrol.

Dorscher hit the brakes and drove onto the north shoulder in an attempt to avoid the collision but the vehicles hit head on, the state patrol reported.

The state patrol did not identify the girl, but school officials did.

“With heavy hearts, we share that Kaylin Blessington, a junior, lost her life in a car accident on her way to school this morning, October 12,” the school district said in a news release. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and loved ones as they cope with this tremendous personal loss.”

In the release, school officials said “a loss of this nature is sure to raise many emotions, concerns and questions from our school community, especially from some of our students.”

Members of the SCC Crisis Response Team, which is made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, staff and families, were present at the high school today, district officials said.

The crash remains under investigation, state patrol officials said.

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