Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fatality crash on Purple Sage Rd

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Region 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford, Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 05/18/2011 1:10am
Contact: Trooper Hurley

On May 17th, 2011 at approximately 8:59pm, Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle fatality crash. A 1999 Pontiac Grand Am was travelling westbound on Purple Sage Road toward Interstate 84 at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle and struck an overpass pillar of I84 on the right shoulder causing the vehicle to catch fire. There were two young adult male occupants in the vehicle. A passerby pulled one of the occupants from the vehicle. That occupant was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment. The remaining occupant died as a result of the crash. It is unknown at this time whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts or if alcohol was a factor. The identities of the occupants are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. Westbound I84 was reduced to one lane of travel while units investigated the scene and the Idaho Transportation Department evaluated the pillar.

This crash remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police who are being assisted by the Canyon County Sheriff's Office and the Canyon County Coroner.