Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ISP investigates three vehicle fatality crash in Elmore County

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
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For Immediate Release: 2/17/15 - 11:30 am
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at approximately 6:53 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle crash on Simco Road about 7 miles south of Interstate 84 in Elmore County.

Chance McKeel, age 47, of Mountain Home was driving a 1997 Saturn SL. McKeel was turning north onto Simco Road from a dairy near milepost 7. As he turned onto Simco Road, McKeel's vehicle crossed over the center line, partially into the southbound lane, collided with a 1995 Ford Econoline van, and came to rest in the northbound lane. The driver of the Ford Econoline was Donald Clarke, age 52, of Meridian. Shortly after the initial collision occurred, a Caldwell Transportation Company school bus collided with McKeel's vehicle in the northbound lane of travel. The driver of the school bus was Patrick Coe, age 23, of Mountain Home.

Clarke, Coe and Coe's six student passengers were not injured in the crash. McKeel was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

Simco Road was blocked for approximately 3 hours while crews investigated the crash and cleared the scene.