Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fatal crash northbound I-15 at milepost 107.8

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 11/02/2014 3:00 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

*****FINAL UPDATE*****

On November 2, 2014, at approximately 4:05 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a three-vehicle, fatal crash northbound I-15 at milepost 107.8, ten miles south of Idaho Falls. Cindy Nicholls, 29, of Rigby, was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-15 in a 2005 Chrysler 300. Jalene Evans, 67, of Idaho Falls, was northbound on I-15 in a 2012 Honda Accord. David Wendler, 79, of Wise River, Montana, was also northbound on I-15 in a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a trailer hauling three cows.

Nicholls' vehicle struck Evans' vehicle head-on at milepost 107.8. Both vehicles went off the road into the median, where the Chrysler caught on fire. Wendler's vehicle went off the right shoulder of the road, attempting to avoid the other vehicles. The trailer tipped onto its side, causing the pickup to roll. The pickup came to rest on the northbound 108 exit ramp.

Wendler was transported to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance. Both Nicholls and Evans were pronounced deceased at the scene. Notification has been made to the families. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts. The cattle were not injured in the crash.

The northbound lanes were blocked for approximately six hours. One southbound lane was blocked for approximately one hour. Alcohol was involved in the crash. The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Idaho State Police is investigating a three vehicle injury crash northbound on I15 at milepost 108, near Shelley. Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane are currently blocked at this time. Traffic is being diverted at milepost 93 northbound. Find alternate routes of travel at this time.

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