Tuesday, September 29, 2015

**UPDATE** - Injury Crash on S.H. 39

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 09/29/15 - 7:00 PM
Please direct questions to the District Office


On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle, injury crash on State Highway 39 north of Aberdeen.

Bernardo Heredia Mendoza, 24, of Aberdeen, was driving south in a 1997 Nissan pickup pulling a trailer. Breanne Viles, 25, of Aberdeen, was behind Heredia Mendoza in a 1982 GMC truck hauling potatoes. Heredia Mendoza slowed to make a left-hand turn near the address of 1139 South Highway 39, but the taillights and turn signals on the trailer were not functioning properly. In an attempt to avoid a collision, Viles swerved left. Viles' vehicle struck the trailer and then continued off the left side of the road and overturned.

Viles was not wearing a seatbelt. Her passenger, Embre Viles, age 4, of Aberdeen, was not properly secured in a child safety seat and was ejected from the vehicle. Both were transported to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello by ground ambulance.


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At this time, the Idaho State Police is responding to an injury crash southbound on State Highway 39 at milepost 23, about halfway between American Falls and Blackfoot. There is limited blockage due to emergency vehicles that are responding. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.